The Remains of the EdoDESTINATIONS
up to 20 degrees, light breeze. No complaints.
|SS in front of a water lily lake|
museums, a zoo, a children’s theme park, a couple of Shinto shrines, a faux lagoon,
and umpteen diversions. Streams of
people were headed in to look at art, good art mind you, including a show from
the Uffizi, but it was just too pleasant to be inside. SS nixed a paddle in a swan boat!
complex that dates back to 1617, including a pagoda, 48 bronze and over
200 stone lanterns. Now a UNESCO
Heritage Site, the special charm is that the $5 entry fee keeps tourists at
bay. Go figure. The peony garden was not in bloom…
|600 year old camphor tree. The rope, or shimenawa, is meant to ward off evil spirits|
|Details of the Shinto Toshogu Shrine at Ueno|
|One of 48 bronze and over 200 stone lanterns|
|Pagoda next to the shrine|
|SS amongst the lanterns|
subway to Asakusa.
style, it still reeks of charm and quaintness. It was wonderful to return in fair weather, after we got rained out on Saturday.
the guide books and on many blogs. It was, yes, very good tempura, but tempura
all the same.
|Purple potato. Buckwheat. Easy for SS to stay off the sugar|
|Koishikawa Korakuen Gardens|
After lunch we took the subway to the Koishikawa Korakuen
Gardens, a special respite in the proverbial urban jungle. Being Japan’s Culture Day it made sense to
pay tribute to the Cultural Heritage Gardens.
Originally designed in 1629, the streams, ponds and bridges (in the park translated as rivers and mountains), now hemmed
in by towering office blocks, are both tranquil and calming, carrying the
Japanese designation of Special Place of Scenic Beauty and Special Historic
|Roller Coaster adjacent to the park|
|You should have heard the screams|
|A ceremony of some sort attracted a small crowd|
As it was getting late we made our way back to the hotel,
then out for a simple meal at Izakaya Vin, a small Japanese bistro in Shibuya.