Kids on Horses at Bajikoen
For the last couple of months I have been planning a visit to Tokyo’s fantastic Bajikoen, the equestrian sports center of Japan! Alas, work and a generally overly optimistic view of my own capabilities as to being in two places at once, I have failed in these ambitions. So here’s some photos I took on my last visit, which happened to coincide with a Junior championship competition. The fun thing with junior championships is that you have kids on horses that are many times their own size, and these kids are all from 9 years to 15. Quite a variety! The first time I sat on a horse by myself I was also 9 years old, but I still can’t make it jump. The little guy in the first picture was amazing, very skilled despite being so young. No injuries this time either.
The equestrian center is in a place called Bajikoen, which literally means Horse Park, in the middle of Setagaya ward in the south of Tokyo. It’s a great place to escape to when you want to smell a bit of nature, see something different from steel, glass and concrete. If you’re an anime fan, as an added bonus you can visit the nearby house of Sazae-san!