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Korakuen Autumn Leaves – 壱

Posted in Nature, Places by tokyobling on December 12, 2011

Tokyo might not have a lot of greenery per capita, but we do have quite a few parks, just smaller and more intensive than most other capitals around the world. I have blogged before about the oldest public park in Tokyo and here is the oldest private park, the Korakuen (actually the full name is 小石川後楽園, Koishikawa Korakuen Garden, but most people know it by the shorter name adopted by the nearby station and fair ground). Construction of the park was begun in 1629 as the private garden of the lord Tokugawa and his clan and is very clearly influenced on the gardens of Hangzhou in China, due to the Tokugawa patronage of a Chinese scholar, Zhu Shun Shui, who had escaped China to seek refuge in Japan. The park was opened to the public in the 1930’s but was severely damaged by the fire bombings of March 1945. Due to old age of many of the trees in the park the autumn leaves display of color gets pretty spectacular and it is a favorite spot of Tokyo people to view the changing of the seasons. Here’s a few photos I took, but I will post more during the week. I hope you enjoy!






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  1. dreaming Artemis said, on December 12, 2011 at 3:49 am

    Oh my god, just looking at these photos brings me back the time I last visited kenrokuen. It’s so beautiful……

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    • tokyobling said, on December 12, 2011 at 4:18 am

      Thank you Artemis! Hope you can come back and visit again soon!

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  2. Emma Reese said, on December 12, 2011 at 4:50 am

    Japanese Momiji is exquisite. It’s different from Maple leaves around here though they do turn bright red and yellow. The tree in the second photo looks like a Japanese woman wearing kimono!

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    • tokyobling said, on December 12, 2011 at 6:16 am

      You have a good eye, Emma! Yes, the momiji is unique!

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  3. Lili said, on December 12, 2011 at 7:22 am

    Autumn is such a wonderful season in Japan!
    I visited this beautiful park after going to Tokyo Dome! It was early october so not yet momiji but anyway it was very nice, with beautiful bridges!
    I also remember there were very funny scarecrows and huge very hungry fishes XD
    You’re lucky and don’t worry I really enjoy your posts 😉

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    • tokyobling said, on December 12, 2011 at 7:33 am

      Thank you Lili! I didn’t see any scarecrows, but the fields were already fully harvested yesterday. Tokyo Dome was fun too, I went there afterwards but it was nothing much to blog about though. (^-^) Oh, the round bridge in the park is undergoing surgery. Very sad, as it is the most beautiful structure in the park!

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  4. archive78 said, on December 12, 2011 at 9:54 am

    I really like the photos you took in the park. The third one is very interesting, it almost looks like the tree is on fire or something the way the leaves are so brightly colored around it.
    I do have one question though, do you know why some of the trees are wrapped like in the second and last pictures?

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    • pk1154 said, on December 12, 2011 at 2:03 pm

      I can only make an educated guess; these wrappings may be put there for pest control. They provide either a barrier to insect movement or act as an enticing potential home for insects looking for a safe place to hide in the winter (the forester will eventually remove and destroy them, pests and all).

      Assuming I’m correct (and in keeping with the legendary Japanese garden aesthetic sense) these are MUCH nicer looking than the sort of products I’m familiar with, for example:
      http://www.treehelp.com/ItemDesc.asp?IC=TH-BUGB

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      • tokyobling said, on December 12, 2011 at 11:58 pm

        You are correct! I’ll post about it tomorrow, but I’ll just comment on the product link you supplied, it seems like a very bad use of resources when one could weave a simple mat from local products that are more ecological as well as free. (^-^;) But our modern society is famous for an aversion against simple work and simple handicraft!

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    • tokyobling said, on December 12, 2011 at 11:54 pm

      Thanks! It really does!

      I’ll answer your question in tomorrow’s post! (^-^) But pk1154 gives the correct answer!

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  5. Slouching Somewhere said, on December 12, 2011 at 9:57 am

    Lovely photos as usual. Oh, I want to see Japan in autumn! 🙂

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    • tokyobling said, on December 12, 2011 at 11:54 pm

      Thank you! (^-^) You have to come back soon!

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  6. Jennifer said, on December 12, 2011 at 10:20 am

    You’ve captured the fall colors wonderfully. I’m curious about the wrapping on several of the trees. Do you know if it serves a purpose…other than looking very cool?

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    • tokyobling said, on December 12, 2011 at 11:55 pm

      Thanks Jennifer! I’ll give a more detailed answer to your question in tomorrow’s post, but it is about pest control!

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  7. arialuna said, on December 12, 2011 at 11:16 am

    thanks for these beautiful pictures are a caress for the eyes . arigato!

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    • tokyobling said, on December 12, 2011 at 11:55 pm

      Thank you for the kind comment Aria! (^-^)/

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  8. Irina Kolak said, on December 12, 2011 at 2:37 pm

    I never get tired of red autumn leaves. Beautiful, thank you.

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    • tokyobling said, on December 12, 2011 at 11:59 pm

      Thank you for the kind comment Irina! I have a couple more posts from this trip coming up! (^-^)

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  9. dafarmer said, on December 13, 2011 at 5:13 am

    Lovely photos! Makes me miss Japan so much! I can’t wait to see your Cherry Blossom photos now!

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    • tokyobling said, on December 13, 2011 at 6:20 am

      Thank you D! I am glad you like my blog! There’s a bunch of sakura photos on the blog right now but the best ones are always the ones to come right? (^-^)

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  10. Timi said, on December 14, 2011 at 7:23 pm

    Feels like I can start searching for fairies ..and find some 😀

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    • tokyobling said, on December 15, 2011 at 1:44 am

      Haha… I wish! Well, Japanese religion teaches us that everything is alive and everything has a spirit, rocks, rivers and trees! So Japanese never need to go out and look for fairies, we know that it is already all around us! You see part of this philosophy in Hayao Miyazaki movies I think.

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