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  • Shona McCarthy

たてもの園前広場 (Hana Koganei Park/Garden of Edo-Tokyo)


When I went to visit the Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum, I didn't know that it was going to be surrounded by a beautiful park that is worthy of looking at in of itself. I was blessed enough to be there on the cusp of sakura season. The sights I saw were so delightful, so remarkable. The photos I've taken simply don't do it all justice.

It costs nothing to enter this park, and it is so spacious. Some of the cherry trees were so tall, I knew they must have been there for a long time. I looked at their height and beauty. I wondered about who they were and what they could have told me about themselves were they to speak. On one side of the park there was what seemed to be a community garden. There, someone was growing many narcissus. Irises. Daffodils. It's one of those moments that were so beautiful, no photos or words could ever do it justice. If you do get a chance to visit Tokyo, I suggest you avoid the main part of the city. Seek out this magnificent park in the Spring.

From what I could see, all typical park activities were an option there. I sat and ate a tub of fruit yogurt there, which I had bought from a conbini (convenience store). Some couples lay in the grass and napped. Children played with kites and frisbees. A chocolate labrador trotted about happily.

The Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum is full of wonders in of itself. I've discussed it in a separate entry!

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