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A Sunday stroll through Tokyo’s Yoyogi Park is unlike a visit to any park anywhere else in the world. Sure you can find couples enjoying the day quietly on blankets, dad’s playing catch with their children, people whipping about frisbees as in many other parks… but there’s so much more on show at Yoyogi Park. I’d go so far as to say it’s a must visit for any traveler to Japan as it offers a unique glimpse into the wackiness that can only be found in Japan.

Just head for Harajuku Station and/or Meiji Shrine in Shibuya. Enter the park and enjoy the wonderful sights. Including:

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I’d heard of these guys before coming, but nothing quite gets you ready. They mill about in character in these tough looking groups, combing their hair and generally looking tough sitting in front of their large amplifiers. Then suddenly, without warning they crank the tunes… and start to dance. 

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You can tell these guys have been at it for years as they have specific dance routines and everyone seems to know each other. 

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Some musicians are not in costume but play music for everyone to dance to…

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Cool bike tricks on display

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Cute, Dressed up Dogs

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“Obama” Magicians

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Cosplay where people dress up as characters, often from manga

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Daddy Issues ;)

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Or there’s other cosplay costumes of iconic figures like cowboys. 

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Seriously, visit Yoyogi Park. There’s much more on offer in way of people watching. I would have snapped away till my camera broke, but tried to only take pictures of people who gave me a nod or smile as if to say it’s OK to shoot.

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