Parks and Gardens, Tokyo
One of my favorite things about Tokyo is its many secluded Japanese fish ponds, which bring peace and nature to the urban madness. Designed with the traditional aesthetic, these pondsare intended to bring calm to one's soul, and they do. Importantly, they are all populated by monstrous koi who follow you as you walk around the pond, hoping for a handout. This always makes me feel welcome.
You can find ponds like this scattered throughout Tokyo. There is one behiod the National Museum in Ueno Park and this one is at the Yasukuni Shrine.
It's one and only zoo in the city. It's a part of Ueno Park and have been my favorite since I was child.
Surprisingly, the budget as for the
equipment of this zoo is upon the earnings of the lottery.
Open hour: 9:30-17:00
Open everyday except Mondays and between Dec 29th- Jan 1st.
FEE FREE! on Mar20, Apr29 and Oct1
See the official info here
This flower is stronger that Sakura. while the most famous flower of the Archipelago is scattered by mild winds, this flower stays and smiles to those who care for her. Her name?
Fondest memory: Imagine the exit of any of the subway stations in any of the big cities you have ever visited. Imagine now this flower welcome you at the exit (or entrance, that all is relatice in this life) of one of the busiest district of the monster city that Tokyo is. Miracles?!!! Yeah, yeah...
Fondest memory: Living in the garden - home or homeless? Some people cannot afford paying high rental in Tokyo, many of them choose to live in a tent. When we are working hard to maintain our 'life style', have you ever step back to think that... what if our house/flat is not surrounded by 4 walls? no elevators, no security, no property management, no car park... When all traditional elements of 'home' do not exist, What will our life become?
Short lived flower
They were radiant few days ago...Beautiful cherry blossoms are the excuse to have an outdoor party called "Hanami". Millions et, dance and sing under the Sakura trees. The fragile flower will be gone with wind few days later...Are they equally beautiful scattered between stones?
Fondest memory: It is a budhist phrase. Althouhg, I am not a religious person (not at all!) it makes sense to me: Saku Sakura, Chiru Sakura. Which translates as Blossom Sakura, Scattered Sakura. It is up to you to give this phrase a meaning. Could Roberta's motto an equivalent? :
"Never expect too much and you`ll never be disappointed!"
Favorite thing: It will be difficult to explain... In a city "enyoing" one of the highest population density, I do considered an oasis a place where I can be alone and enjoy few minutes of introspection. Few meters away from here, there is Tokyo Tower, which is a sort of Tesla tesla magnet for visitors. How they manage to avoid these spot is a secret i do not want to "revelau", yet.
Tokyo is not really a monster of concrete. It has lot of parks and greenery scattered in the few square nanoinches inhabited by 10 millions strong (the polulation of metropolitan Tokyo and surroundings hit 23 millions a while ago). Sakura trees can offer their fresh light color few days a year. They can surprise your sight betwwen the green of other less colorful trees. It is important those trees are there. Green is always refreshing and the shade of them is glory in the humid and hot days of the Archipelago summer.
Fondest memory: A glass of cold water under the shade. August 15, 1983
Spring of Tokyo begins from opening of professional baseball game of Tokyo Dome and flowering of cherry blossom of Rikugien. Especially weeping cherry in this garden is very famous.Tokugawa Tsunayoshi, the fifth Shogun has given this land(151,200sq.mi.) to his grand chamberlain Yanagisawa Yoshiyasu in 1695.Yanagisawa spent more than 7years to build up this Rikugien (garden ) as his second house with beautiful garden (he lived here in his last 5years with wife). He might have loved waka(31-syllabel) poems or for other reasons, created 88 scenes which are described in famous Kokin-waka-shu poems, together with streams, pond, mountains and a lot of plants.
"Rikugi " stands for 6 basic components of kanshi (Chinese poem). If Bushi(Samurai) in those days wanted to succeed in life, definitely need to be educated, connection and a little money to open his door.
Now you can walk around in 87,809sq.mi. area and this garden is designated as a special historic site by the national government. You can rest at chaya(tea house) in this garden and try to taste traditional Japanese maccha(powdered green tea) if you like and many souvenirs are displayed at the kiosk.
Fondest memory: This is taken at AKATUKA BOTANIC GARDEN. Another place where I have absolutely no idea where it is and how to get there! I think you can't find this place in most guide books! See my travelogues for more pictures!
Visit Kitanimaru National Garden if you are in Tokyo during the Cherry Blossoms period
Fondest memory: I can't remember where this place exactly. My friend took me there. I just follow him! :P Remember my first impression when I reached this place is ... woah!!! such a nice riverbed!!! Alot of people are taking photos of the river with the cherry blossoms at the side. See my Travelogues for more pictures!
Fondest memory: The Tokyo Dome area will be even more fun in Year 2003. Currently they are building a very BIG theme park with a very longggggg rollercoaster ride! There are even a spa in the theme park! Amazing right! I will definately go back in Year 2003 when the theme park opens! ;-)
Get out of the city scene to see the variety that Tokyo offers- even if it is just to nurse your hangover!
In central Tokyo there are a few big, lovely parks with grass, trees and everything green.
Fondest memory: I like the fact that you can see the odd skyscraper behind the trees- it reminds you of where you are and in Tokyo thats a good thing to remember.This picture was taken in .... (I'll get back to you)
Hanami... the season of cherry blossom. I'm not sure this is necessarily my absolute favourite thing about Tokyo, but the fairytale splash of pink from countless cherry trees all over town certainly does transform this ugly, concrete sprawl into a surprisingly pretty spectacle, if only for a few short weeks. Hanami occurs around the beginning of April, and watching the progress of the blossom is almost a national sport.
See my separate travelogue for more photos - Hanami in Shinjuku Gyoen.
Fondest memory: I must have come to Tokyo at just the right time...Strolling amidst the cherry blossoms in Ueno Park. The park was filled with happy locals making picnics underneath the trees.