To be a tourist is an adventure but it can also be a frustrating experience if one is not answerable to oneself alone. My friend Yoshi had a busy schedule in mind and intended to dash through the gardens. I on the other hand berated this need to hurry, a travesty in a place like this where every bend of the path invited one to stop and be still, be quiet, slowly becoming part of the garden, part of this marvelous equation, this spirit of Zen.How I envied the solitary man in my photo who stood there as if he were a garden statue.
The Imperial Palace East Gardens (Kokyo Higashi Gyoen) are a part of the inner palace area and are open to the public.
The East Gardens are the former site of Edo Castle's innermost circles of defense, the honmaru ("main circle") and ninomaru ("secondary circle"). None of the main buildings remain today, but the moats, walls, entrance gates and several guardhouses still exist.
Edo Castle was the residence of the Tokugawa shogun who ruled Japan from 1603 to 1867. Emperor Meiji also resided there from 1868 to 1888 before moving to the newly constructed Imperial Palace.
A wide lawn and the remaining foundation of the former castle tower can be found on top of the hill, where the castle's innermost buildings once stood. The castle tower was completed in 1638 as the tallest castle tower in Japan's history. But only a few years later in 1657, it was destroyed by citywide fires and has not been rebuilt ever since.
In place of the former buildings in the secondary circle of defense (ninomaru) at the foot of the hill, a nice Japanese style garden has been created. Kept in faultless form, the gardens are mainly gorgeous during the March and April plum and cherry blossom seasons.
Unfortunately I didn’t see it in Spring and Autumn hadn’t really coloured Tokyo in red and yellow when we were there. Everything was still green and in this lovely garden with its ponds and meandering walks, green was a most soothing colour.
The photo was a difficult one to take as the midday sun was very bright and I stood in the shade of the tree looking towards the light. I really tried to capture this shimmering, elusive beauty.
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gilbertom (2426) 2009-12-09 4:02
This is a very representative shot of japanese art.
They love to create and mantain well parks and lakes.
Gerrit (48220) 2009-12-09 7:45
wonderful park landscape in fantastic light and colors.
Excellent composition and a beautiful place.
amazon (12112) 2009-12-09 10:11
japonya'dan nefis bir paylaşım,bahçe mimarisi çok güzel,bakmaya doyamıyor insan,
ellelloo (6572) 2009-12-09 10:48
You have captured the beauty of this garden very well, in spite of difficult light conditions. A good composition in vertical format. There are many nice details to admire, a thing which the still standing man is also doing. Pleasant and natural colours and good clarity. TFS!
Greetings from Finland, which gradually is cooling down to winter temperatures.
alftrek (3270) 2009-12-09 11:01
I enjoyed reading your well written notes which described this scene so well, I read it twice! It really draws out the essence of this place. I often wonder how you manage to get so much info out of this during your hasty visit.
You did well for this shot against the light, making good use of the large tree to filter out the glaring light and as a framing element. That still person and oriental pine fills up the centre space nicely, simply superb!
divail (8330) 2009-12-09 13:58
Cette photo est vraiment belle, une symphonie de verts, dont une pelouse qui semble de velours. Il se dégage de cette image, une atmosphčre trčs zen.
Vasa (16778) 2009-12-11 10:37
Smisao turizma je da se opustiš i lagano sve pregledaš a još laganije snimiš. Po tvojoj priči, dragi Dado, ti si ovde snimio odlučujući trenutak (decisive moment) i brzo otišao sa ovako divnog mesta. No, i to što si uradio odlično si prikazao i zahvalan sam jer je dobijeno na dlanu. Tvoja svedočenja iz Japana govore i o tvom radosnom vraćanju na to putovanje putem pregledanih slika.
Radujem se što ti dolazi leto i što ćeš u more. Samo da ne bude onih požara. Puno te pozdravljam i zahvaljujem na posetama.
Skimjack (219) 2009-12-12 4:32
This is a good one.
Good perspective effect, great colors.
And beautiful garden :-)
Abyta (191) 2009-12-12 23:21
Very interesting note and nice picture of Gardens. Wonderful light and natural colors.
agjika (3616) 2009-12-15 15:01
Fantastic compostion, look at those propotions everything is so carefully placed looks unreal.
Atousa (7131) 2009-12-16 6:32
A great composition in a nice vertical framing.. I like the inclusion of the man a lot which gives a very good sense of scale.. the shapes of the 2 main trees of this shot have made it really special.. a lovely green photo.. tfs
All the best, Atousa
- Copyright: Klaudio Branko Dadich (daddo) (24398)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2009-10-28
- Categories: Daily Life
- Exposure: f/6.3, 1/60 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Travelogue: Unforgetable Japan
- Date Submitted: 2009-12-09 3:45