March 27

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Rockabilly Spring

When I went to Yoyogi Park on Sunday, it was still too cold to unzip my jacket, the cherry blossom buds were still tight as fists, and even the dogs were still wearing little hoodie sweatshirts,  but I knew that spring had officially come because the rockabilly guys had changed their uniforms. Black leather jackets: out. Denim: in. With their club’s name emblazoned on the back, of course!

If you’d like to visit Yoyogi Park the next time you’re in Tokyo, directions & a map are on my website, The Tokyo Guide I Wish I’d Had.

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