Tokyo Dome City Attractions @ Kōrakuen

Trudging around my studio, I had been wincing and sighing. It felt like I was a deep-sea diver with lead boots on. After last night’s hockey practice, I was again, a complete wreck. One of great qualities Hubbie possessed was he always knew when to keep his mouth shut. Instead of reminding me that I may be too old for this kind of physical challenge, he just gave me a knowing nod and carried on eating his dinner. Even after 24 hours, every bit of my body aches and I just can’t shake off this annoying fatigue which drapes over my shoulders. Gee, am I really too old to take up the sport one more time? A feeling of doubt raises its head and it bothers me. Oh well, I am not gonna throw in a towel. Not just yet…

Enough moaning.
Let’s turn the clock back to the mid January Tokyo time.
The aforementioned super cute Moomin Bakery & Cafe was situated in the middle of an amusement park called Tokyo Dome City Attraction. This park was used to be called Kōrakuen Yūenchi (後楽園ゆうえんち) which opened its gate in 1955…

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Various rides and attractions were crammed into a confined space.

A merry‐go‐round was built on top of the restaurant and they were wrapped around by a canal for a water slider…

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It was a normal weekday and therefore the park had only a handful of visitors.
Despite the temperature hovering just above 0 degree, some people were boarding “Wonder Drop”…

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Just before each ride ended, there was a final steep descend which catapulted the craft to hit the water so hard that it splashed cold water all over the poor passengers! I guessed they would have to take a refuge in one of the cafés until their clothing became dry.

Another noise which broke the stillness of the under occupied park was a roar of the roller coaster “Thunder Dolphin”…

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Mum was never a big fan of amusement park attractions. We visited Tokyo Disneyland years ago and I remembered her steadfast refusal to climb aboard any ride. No matter how hard she was coaxed – “Mum! You don’t know what you are missing!!”, she never joined the queue. I wouldn’t have minded trying the roller coaster if the weather wasn’t so wintry. My teeth would be chattering with the cold air rather than with fear, I thought…

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Once we finished inspecting the park, we visited an adjacent shopping mall, LaQua.
The view of the park from above…

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The mall was rather unremarkable. Most of their merchandise was not very memorable or original. The only thing which pulled my attention was Shūgi-bukuro (祝儀袋) envelopes on sale…

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Aren’t they cute?
The decorative envelopes are used to wrap cash gift for newlywed couples.
The ones I knew were more traditional kinds – just red & white. Even mum was astonished by the amount of new designs!

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A view of the Tokyo Dome from LaQua..

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This all-weather baseball stadium is the first of its kind in Japan and nicknamed as Tokyo Big Egg. The stadium serves as a home ground of Yomiuri Giants the baseball team and also hosts various sports events as well as trade shows throughout a year. I am yet to step into this air-supported structure but visited the predecessor ballpark, Kōrakuen Stadium as a child. When mum & I were there, they were hosting a nationwide ekiben (boxed lunch) fair. We were tempted by it but didn’t fancy walking around the area over 112,456 m2 (27.788 acres) so headed home.

I feel bad about my blog slacking off recently. Once my body is used to a new fitness regime and I feel less exhausted, I shall log my blog more frequently. Thank you for your patience and understanding. X

Kaori by Kaori Okumura

10 thoughts on “Tokyo Dome City Attractions @ Kōrakuen

  1. No way! You’ll never be too old to pick up the sport again. Ganbatte!!! I hope the aches will ease soon. Take it easy… And don’t worry about the blog! You always have interesting stuff to share so I’m always here! Shall let you recover in the meantime. 🙂

    • Oh thank you! I feel a little easier today. I tried to give up hockey a few times in the past. But my love for the sport dies hard. So here I am. Let’s hope I can do both, hockey & blog, soon! 🙂

  2. The Shūgi-bukuro (祝儀袋) envelopes – what a civilised and elegant way to give money, so often a tricky business. Hope you are doing lots of stretches for those hammered muscles!!

    • It is one of the Japanese custom to give money when attending wedding (as well as funeral – for funeral, Kouden-bukuro in black & white). There used to be only red & white for wedding. But nowadays, it’s in any colour you want! My mum who was conservative when it came to ettiquette, was very shocked to see the emvelopes in pink and turgoise…
      Yes, I am doing more stretching but still very stiff and heavy…(T-T)

    • Sorry for not replying sooner! I am much better now, not feeling like a zombie any more. It is amazing that a human body adjusts to a new condition pretty quickly. I am much encouraged! 🙂 xxxxx

  3. Oh it’s a pretty rigorous sport, you’re allowed to feel a little fragile afterwards. Love, as always, your little postcards of Tokyo. Some inspiring photos there, almost like drawings and the little bits and bobs that you spotted are so cute! X

    • Hi Jackie! I feel much less like a zombie eventually. I still feel strain in my right groin but not as painful as it used to be ☺️
      My posts regarding Japan are coming to the end soon. Hope you will enjoy them too X

  4. I really like roller coasters and other rides but having cold water splashed at the end of one is a little too scary for me. Hehehe. But I think just a little more practice should be able to decrease the muscle pains and fatigue that you are having. 🙂

    • I used to be very excited about getting on a roller coaster when I was younger. However, I am not so despareate nowadays. Does it mean I am getting old? I am not scared of them but not that keen…
      About the ache from the practice, I am so much better now! The last practice was harder and longer than the previous two sessions but I didn’t feel too bad afterward. I guess my system has finally adjusted itself to the abuse… 😉

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