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Hanami in the graveyard!!!

Everyone knows I’m crazy about Yanaka Cemetary.

It’s got Shogun tombs, feral cats, spooky crows, AND a jungle gym! Plus this blank, ‘insert-name-here’ tombstone:

Available on a first-come-first-served basis!

 

 

But that’s not what I’m posting about. I’m posting HANAMI photos of the cemetary. A sort of "zombie hanami" for September (September being the point in the calendar exactly opposite from Hanami season of March).

It’s not such a stretch:  part of the appeal of  the sakura is how it dies fast, it’s supposed to be poignant and romantic. Personally I don’t get it. But, on the other hand, ZOMBIE HANAMI is easily the best thing, let’s find a way to make that happen.

 

Until we can arrange the permits for such an event,  let’s check out  SAKURA-CATCHIN’ HOTOKE over here:

YEAHHHH check out the ground – it’s almost totally pink in the place!

 

below: A FUCKIN’ RAIN  of petals. It was like this every second of the damn day.

 

below, MORE PETAL RAIIIIIIIIIIIINN!!!! 

 

 

 

RAAAAAAINNNNNNNNNNN

everything was covered in petals!

i mean EVERYTHING!

ISN’T IT ROMANTIC????????????????? THIS SPECIAL TIME OF YEAR!!!!!!!!!!

BELOW: the ground was like BLAAAAOW.

BELOW: wacky tombstone. See if you can dig what is odd about it:

that’s right: THE WHOLE FAMILY NAME IS INSIDE A FUCKIN’ DEMON’S FUCKIN’ MOUTH!

Seriously, how bad-ass is that?  Howcome we don’t have that tradition in America?

below: I like this image so much I’m going to reprint it:

some people leave tangerines or rice for the ghosts.

These guys left 50-proof whiskey! three bottles!

That ghost is probably partying with Bon Scott or something.

But that’s not even the best part – check below:

HANAMI GHOST WHISKEY!!!

 

 

SO I GUESS, er, so i guess we got our zombie picnic after all!

rock on, people. See you next March  at the real deal.

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  1. aki September 16th, 2009 12:13 am

    japanese hospitals and cemeteries are still the scariest in the world at nighttime.

    im coming back to tokyo in december, and your site has been a great help, thanks

  2. Isaac Hayes September 16th, 2009 8:09 am

    That is the wabi-sabiest cat sh*t ever!

  3. Adam W September 16th, 2009 5:20 pm

    Dude… okay, that settles it. I want a Japanese Tombstone. E-bay, maybe? And I thought that “demon” mouth was a tiger, maybe?
    Your website rocks.

  4. yaritakunai September 21st, 2009 7:32 pm

    Beautiful pics, thx for sharing.

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