Thursday, I packed myself some lunch and headed to Banpaku Koen, this was the site of the World Fair in 1970.
From our place it is about 15 minutes by monorail. I've heard that this monorail system is the most expensive in Japan. From our place to the park it costs 360 yen (about US$3.60).
When I got to the park, there was no one there...I realized I was really early (half an hour early). Luckily, there was shade to wait for the gates to open.
There were photographers out in full force. As soon as the gates opened it was literally "a race" to see who could get there first and get a good positioning.
Luckily, the place is so huge that you really can't get in someone's way.
After sweating it out for an hour or so, I decided to get into the shade and have my lunch. What did I pack? A deconstructed spam musubi--rice on the bottom, a thin layer of egg, spam seasoned with mirin, shoyu and sugar, tsukemono, furikake & some leftover orzo salad. It was nice to sit under the shade and enjoy the view.
It was a very hot day, but very nice to be close to nature.
Hope you have a great weekend!