Photographer's Note

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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