Tropical Dream Botanical Garden, Ocean Expo Park in Okinawa

Okinawa, rainy season is over, and we can enjoy paradise in the jewel islands in South Sea. Churaumi Aquarium is famous in Marine Expo Park. Watching whale shark, which has the longest breeding record of 27 years, and Manta rays swimming leisurely makes me forget the hustle and bustle of the city and stress of city life. And in this large ocean expo park, the Tropical Botanical Garden, Dream Center, is as entertaining as the Churaumi Aquarium. In this botanical garden, tropical plants bloom even outdoors, and we can watch beautiful tropical flowers and fruits outdoors and, in the greenhouse, … Continue reading Tropical Dream Botanical Garden, Ocean Expo Park in Okinawa

 Amazing iris in Meiji shrine

The most popular shrine in heart of Tokyo, Meiji Shrine, we can enjoy beutiful iris in the garden of the sheine in June. After I visited main buildings of the shrine, where I could see couple who were having wedding celemony in traditional Japanese style. After I prayed peace and happiness, then I visited the inner garden and enjoyed beautiful iris in marsh. Please enjoy my YouTube video for watching beautiful iris. Continue reading  Amazing iris in Meiji shrine

Beautiful peony flowers in Ueno Tosho-gu

Ueno Park is famous for cherry blossom viewing, but after the cherry blossom season, now is time for tree peony and herbaceous peony. At peony garden in Tosho-gu, we can enjoy both peonies, late-blooming tree peony and early-blooming herbaceous peony right now. Ueno Tosho-gu, now in Ueno Park, used be in the vast precincts of Toeizan Kan’eiji Temple during the Edo period, when it was a Shinto and Buddhist syncretism. It was a place visited by many Edo people who was not able to visit Nikko Tosho-gu. This peony garden is located in precincts of Tosho-gu. Both tree peony and … Continue reading Beautiful peony flowers in Ueno Tosho-gu

Azalea Festival-Nezu shrine, Tokyo’s most beautiful shrine-

I visited an azalea festival of Nezu Shrine, which is said to be the most beautiful shrine in Tokyo. The origin of the azaleas in this garden began when the 6th Tokugawa Shogun Tokugawa Tsunashige planted 350 years ago, and now about 3,000 azaleas of 100 varieties have been planted, making it a spring tradition in Bunkyo city. The garden created in the natural slope is wonderful, and I was able to enjoy the wonderful combination of flower colors. The history of this garden goes back to the time when 6th Tokugawa Shogun Tokugawa Tsunashige planted azareas 350 years ago, … Continue reading Azalea Festival-Nezu shrine, Tokyo’s most beautiful shrine-

Marvelous Wisteria, 1,200years old wisteria

I visited Tokaen for enjoying the wisteria of Ushijima, nearing full bloom. Let’s enjoy flower of wisteria! A wisteria in Ushijima is more than 1200 years old. It is said that it is the oldest wisteria in Japan. It is designated as a natural treasure and the Special Natural Protected Tree. The wisteria is also called nine-syaku (It is about 2m70cm in the old unit of length in Japan) wisteria and it was recorded almost 3-meter- long bunch of flowers in Meiji era. Its flowers can still drape to up to two meters. It is said that wisteria grows inflorescence … Continue reading Marvelous Wisteria, 1,200years old wisteria

Winter scene of Koishikawa Korakuen Garden

Koishikawa Korakuen Garden (25 December 2020) I heard bad news that almost all metropolitan garden or park including Koishigawa koranken garden would be suddenly closed from 26 December to January 11 2021 because of rapid spread of COVID19 in these days. Good combination of Japanese and Chinese style of Garden in late autumn and winter was there. And I watched newly reconstructed Karamon gate (Chinese style gate) from Naitei (Inner garden). I found early blooming pale pink Japanese apricot blossoms on branches. Kadomatsu, new year’s bamboo decoration on the gate looks a little bit loneliness. I was wondering to enjoy … Continue reading Winter scene of Koishikawa Korakuen Garden

Seven herbs of autumn (Akino nana kusa)

Seven herbs of autumn (18 September 2020) I visited Mukojima hyakaen, literally “hundred flower garden” established in Edo era by rich merchant, admiring beaty of seven herbs of autumn. Seven herbs of autumn were selected in Manyosyu by ancient poet Yamanoueno Okura lived in 7th century in these poems, “Aki-no No-ni Sakitaru Hana-wo Oyobiori Kakikazoureba Nanakusa-no Hana, Meaning: When I count on my fingers for blooming flowers in the autumn fields, I find there are seven.”“Hagi-no Hana Obana Kuzuhana Nadeshiko-no Hana Ominaeshi Mata Fujihakama Asagao-no Hana, Meaning: Bush clover, Susuki grass or Japanese panpas grass, Kudzu or Japanese arrowroot, Fringed … Continue reading Seven herbs of autumn (Akino nana kusa)

Kyoto Gyoen National garden and Kan’in-no-miya residence

Kyoto Gyoen National garden (10 September 2020) Kyoto Gyoen National garden is huge garden including Imperial palace and Sento imperial palace, but start from outside imperial palace. There are 9 gates at Kyoto Gyoen National garden, but most famous one is Hamaguri gate. Hamaguri gate, literally Clam gate, the gate known as unopened except in a case of fire, so opened like heated clam. The official name is Shinzaemon. Huge gravel streets are designed in the garden Also we can enjoy strolling along natural flow named demizu-no-small river I visited Kan’in-no-miya residence, former one of the imperial families’ residence through an … Continue reading Kyoto Gyoen National garden and Kan’in-no-miya residence

Visit to Tonogayako garden

Tonogayako garden (9 August 2020) I visited Tonogayako garden near Kokubunnji station. The garden is located on the southern edge of the Kokubunji rift line. The natural flora in the Musashi plateau and the cliff-like rift area are well protected. When I overlooked Jiro Benten Pond from a bower on the cliff listening songs of cicada and sound of “shishiodoshi”; water filled bamboo clacking against rock, I was able to forget noisy urban sound and scorching heat. As I walked around by watching summer or autumn flower such as false anemone, bush clover or patrinia, I found a jewel beetle. … Continue reading Visit to Tonogayako garden

The Imperial Palace visiting tour

The Imperial Palace tour (18 06 2020) Tours are conducted twice a day (10:00am and 13:00 one-hour tour, admission free) except Sunday, Monday and national holidays. You can join after registration in advance or on the spot 30 min. before start. (currently numbers are limited 20 persons in advance and 30 persons on the spot by COVID19 influence) The Imperial Palace, former Edo castle where Tokugawa shoguns lived in. In the palace, it can be found mixture of buildings or construction built after Meiji Restoration as well as built in Edo period. Tour starts after through Kikyoumon gate and briefing … Continue reading The Imperial Palace visiting tour