August 18, 2016
As some of you might remember, when we filmed our Wagashi video, at the end of the video we talked to a woman who told us about the dog party that happens everyday at the park at 5PM. We weren’t able to focus on filming the video anymore, so we pretty much packed up and sped home in hopes of getting Spudgy ready for the party. We didn’t get back in time, though, so we didn’t go, but we kept it in our hearts and thought about it almost every day, until finally, last week, we brought Spudgy to the park. AND IT WAS WONDERFUL.
Well, not as wonderful as we had imagined. Spudgy doesn’t have a lot of pep in his step anymore. Most days he gets up, we carry him downstairs for breakfast, we take him for a walk, and then after five minutes or so of walking outside he’s all out of juice. Then we carry him home and he sleeps for the rest of the day. He wakes up for dinner at night, then we bring him upstairs, and he sleeps with us there. He’s not really active at all. He’s just really relaxed when he’s around us. When we’re out of the house, he waits by the door, and he gets super excited when we get back. Then he goes to sleep after playing with us for a minute or so. Ah. The life of a Spudgy.
We were excited to change things up a bit for him. Since he came to Japan, he hasn’t really experienced much outside of the house, apart from a walk a few minutes away from it. But the park is a good 10 minute bike ride away or so. That’s the farthest he’s ever been! And with so much grass and so many trees, and so many doggies as well, we thought Spudgy would have a blast.
If he did have a blast, he didn’t really show it. There wasn’t a lot of excitement from him. He liked smelling all the grass and peeing on everything, but otherwise he wasn’t really all too interested in the other doggies. I think Spudgy is more of a people person. He likes people, women in particular. And he just wants to sleep close to someone. Maybe doggies are too much excitement for an old man like him.
I remember when we were in Paris, it was the first time we saw cafes where, outside, seats were lined up like stadium bleachers, where people would sit not looking at each other, but looking out at the streets as people walked by. It was bizarre for us, because we don’t really see cafes like that in Japan or Korea or Canada, but it was really relaxing to sit with a drink and people watch. Maybe that’s what Spudgy likes. To just sit down, not have to interact, and watch the doggies as they walk by.
The place where everyone hangs out with their dogs is in Inokashira Park, which is beside Kichijoji Station. The park is big, but the spot they go to is beside the Ghibli Museum, at the edge of the park. It’s everyday at 5PM. Bring your doggies! I’m sure we’ll take Spudgy to the doggy party again. He’ll probably just be more comfortable sitting on the sidelines next time.
Anyhow, we’ve got some extra scenes if you feel like more Spudgy. Check em out below!