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 get me wrong I love a lake walk, with lots of bird life and lovely views across the water from all directions. It's pretty enough (especially around the tea house set on the side of the lake), but unfortunately it's not pretty enough. Nor is it big enough. I'd finished the circuit before I'd really got into my stride. I went round again to make the point to myself, but sadly got bored before I was done.

Can't see me returning any time soon... well not until the autumn... I have the feeling that it might one of those gardens that comes alive at that time of the year.


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