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Short trip to Japan

We’re here in Japan for just a short trip to attend our niece’s wedding. We’re presently staying with Daughter in Tokyo.

We had nothing planned today, so wife Mariko and I decided to have a look around Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, a massive national garden in Shinjuku. It covers nearly 60ha (144 acres) and is magnificently manicured. Full details can be found on the official Shinjuku Gyoen website

The garden itself is absolutely beautiful. It’s very peaceful and serene, and includes not just a traditional Japanese garden, but French and English gardens as well.

There’s a lot of concrete in Tokyo, but it’s certainly not a concrete jungle. Shinjuku Gyoen is just one of many gardens, parks and open spaces available to people in Tokyo, and during the week there are large numbers of elderly couples, housewives, and young mothers with their children taking advantage of these open green spaces to escape their less-than-spacious apartments.

Shinjuku Gyoen 1
One of the many manicured open spaces.

Shinjuku Gyoen 2
The Taiwan Pavilion. It was built with the support of Japanese in Taiwan in 1928 to mark the wedding of the Showa Emperor.

Shinjuku Gyoen 4
There was an interesting decorative pattern around the Pavilion just below the roof line. It’s very Chinese, and made with metal, but I think it can be quite attractive done in kumiko, with a few minor adjustments. There is a similar kumiko pattern that’s often used as an outer border, but this one could be an interesting challenge, especially making sure there’s sufficient tension in all the mitre joints.

Shinjuku Gyoen 3
Just a small part of the French Garden.

A very good day today.

Gee, I love this city.

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