Peony Garden at Ueno

Now it is the best season for the winter peonies at Ueno Tosyogu Shrine.  The five storied pagoda above originally belonged to the shrine, but now to the Ueno zoo.  Around Ueno a lot of people gathered to watch the beautiful  peonies and the panda baby,  xiang-xiang.  I just enjoyed peonies.









Quiet Beautiful Places in Bunkyo ward, Central Tokyo

I visited “Sekiguchi Basyo An”, a hermitage where the Haiku poet “Basyo” lived in the early Edo period, working as a civil engineer for the water system.






Also “Shin Edogawa Park” once owned by a feudal load,Hosokawa from current Kumamoto prefecture. It is a stroll type garden with a pond.



It’s great fun to stroll around, especially looking back over the past and the people.

Sumo referee(Gyoji) by Wind

20140517k0000m050053000pHe is wearing an eboshi(traditional hat),kimono,hakama(divided skirt),tabi socks and Japanese sandals.  He has a fan to signal which wrestler won.

Sumo is a traditional Japanese sport.  On the ring you can also enjoy Japanese culture including such things to purify themselves as well as sumo itself.

Shiran(Bletilla) by Wind



2014051413110001.jpgI visited Tokyo Higashi Gyoen in the middle of May.  This garden is famous for its remains of Edo Castle and nature.  How beautiful they are !!  At this garden you can enjoy various kinds of flowers through the year.  Why don’t you enjoy walking around ?


段蔓の桜V1 26-4-1Cherry blossoms are in full bloom in Kamakura.  As shown in the picture,Dankazura avenue which leads to Hachiman shrine is just like a cherry blossom tunnel.


Cherry trees along the Meguro River were perfect although it heavily rained.目黒川縮小版その2 26-4-3