Nippon Budokan, Kitanomaru park and AKB48

The Nippon Budokan, famous arena in the center of Tokyo is not only the setting of martial art championships but also the host to showcases of popular culture. Built in 1964 for judo competitions of the Tokyo Olympics, it served also to record famous international music groups such as Bob Dylan and Ozzy Osbourne. Here’s a rare footage of the Beetles playing in Tokyo at the Budokan:

I originally just wanted to have a peek at the Budokan and the Kitanomaru park but when I arrived there was a long, never-ending line-up of Japanese people, mainly guys, extending well to the outside of the park. After making my was past the line, I noticed that all that wait was for a concert of AKB48 at the Budokan! AKB48 is an extremely popular girl band that plays at a permanent theatre in the Akihabara district of Tokyo. Because of that I couldn’t have a closer look at the Budokan but still provided me with an amusing scene.

I then pursued my visit of the Kitanomaru park which does not in my opinion offer much to see compared to the gardens of the imperial palace. Unless you plan to visit also the Science Museum close by.

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Country: Japan
Area : Kanto area
Prefecture : Tōkyō-to
City : Chiyoda-ku
District : Kitanomarukōen
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Gaijin San

Since my better half is Japanese I often have the chance to travel to Japan. I grew fond over time of this magnificent country. I thought of sharing with you some places worth visiting in this little but growing travel guide to Japan. I try to show with images what I can’t express with words. I hope you may find here some inspiration!

For those who wonder, I chose the moniker Gaijin-San after being called like this by a waitress at a grilled eel restaurant. “Gaijin” means foreigner and “San” is a honorific suffix in Japanese.

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