Showing posts from April, 2015


So, I took a stroll from Yanaka to Nezu in the heart of Hongo, right by Tokyo University. The light was good and it certainly reflected my mood; calm and colourful.

Through the paddies

So, I parked up at the shopping mall and walked a few miles north and east, away from the town and out towards the newly filled paddies. The sky was beautiful and the day was almost warm.

Kiyosumi Teien

Kiyosumi Teien is relatively high on many Tokyo tourist's 'must see' list, and for that reason alone I've kind of saved it and saved it... It's in a part of town I don't really get to much as well, which has also undoubtedly contributed to my not having visited before.

But last week I happened to be working nearby... I finished mid-afternoon... the weather was beautiful... I had my camera in my bag... there really was no way to avoid it.

If I'm honest, and despite the photos I managed to take, I was probably a little disappointed on the whole. Perhaps I'd built it up a bit too much, though I think it was more to do with the fact that it's not really my kind of garden. I like gardens with variety and range... surprises round every corner... hidden delights you only find by accident on your tenth visit, and what have you. 

Kiyosumi Teien in contrast, is very one dimensional in the sense that is very much just a big lake with a path around it. Don't g…


So, before this weekend's rain blasted them past their peak, I managed to get in to Tokyo and take a few shots of the beautiful 'sakura', which herald the arrival of spring in such dramatic fashion each year in Japan.

I headed in to work an hour early, and modified my usual route to take in Aoyama Cemetery and a small but very pretty temple in Omotesando called Zenkoji.

I wish I could have spent more time wandering around... it really was a beautiful day... no breeze and, for the first time this year, the warm sun across my back.