Wanders and Flowers

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Shinjuku Gyoen on a Weekday

Shinjuku Gyoen

Shinjuku Gyoen is a serene sanctuary in the middle of a bustling urban city. The park is a favorite place for people to rest, play, and relax after a busy week. With its huge open green space; forest-like corners; and beautiful landscapes, a day visit is not enough to see its full glory.     Shinjuku Gyoen: A Sanctuary at the Heart of Busy City Center   I have been.. Read More

Azalea Festival at Nezu Shrine

Azalea Festival may not be as popular as sakura season but it is as beautiful. For some time now, going to Nezu Shrine has been on my places-to-go list. The festival this year gave us some push to finally visit the shrine last Sunday. After paying homage to Hachiko and Dr. Ueno at Tokyo University’s Yayoi Campus, we walked a little further down the hill to see the azalea flowers… Read More

Shibamata: Odango and Classic Movies

Shibamata is a small town in Edogawa. It may not be that popular for foreign tourists but for locals, it is a must-visit place. Last Monday was Sports Day here in Japan. And because the weather was great, my husband and I decided to go for a bike ride. Biking along canals and riversides was fun and at the same time feels like ATV race. Nice scenery but a bit.. Read More

Wisteria Watching at Kameido Tenjin

Wisteria

Wisteria is now one of the most-awaited season here in Japan next to sakura or cherry blossoms. From early May until June, lots of locals and foreigners visit Ashikaga Flower Park, Aichi, anf Fukuoka for a mesmerizing moment under the wisteria showers.   As part of our Golden Week escapades, my husband and I went to Kameido Tenjin in Sumida City to see these beautiful flowers. It was a sunny.. Read More

Chrysanthemum: Japan’s Symbol for Autumn

The temperature starts to drop down…cool wind begins to blow.. the leaves turn red and yellow. Signs that autumn is finally here! In Japan, another indication that it is autumn is the abundance of chrysanthemums. Different types of different colors can be found in the stores and even in the gardens. Chrysanthemum of kiku is Japan’s national flower and used as the official seal of the emperor. ┬áLast Monday my.. Read More