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!!!!
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.4 comments Tags: cemetary, graveyard, hanami, traditional, yanaka —