It’s very hard to keep an active and interesting life during this cold Tokyo winter! It’s cold in the morning, you’re cold when you go to work, it is cold at work and when you get home to a cold home, well it takes a lot of energy! To break this bad cycle I made an effort to visit one of Tokyo’s most beautiful parks, the Hamarikyu Gardens between Tsukiji and Ginza, at Tokyo’s waterfront. Today I just wanted to share these photos of a gardener pruning the pine trees. Having seen more about the pruning of bonsai trees in my life than the pruning of the real big trees I felt as if I was watching the world’s biggest bonsai trees! The gardens are famous for having some of the oldest and most well preserved trees in the capital, the oldest of which are over 300 years old, not bad for a city that has been destroyed a few times since its founding! I’ll post more photos later!
Finally, the last and in my mind, the best of the gardens exhibited in the Marunouchi Garden Festival last month. A quite typical modern Japanese living room setting slowly succumbing to the moss and ferns of the Japanese forests. Oh, and see those cups? Filled with rainwater! Of course, a totally unpractical garden design, but fun to see realized like this, even if only for a short time!
More of the Marunouchi Garden festival last month. I have saved the best for the last post though, still can’t get enough of this greenery! Last week was a bit rainy but this morning we have brilliant sunshine and I’ll try to get out of town over the weekend. Hiking perhaps? Have a great Friday and see you tomorrow!
I hope you aren’t getting tired of all these gardens! There were so many of them and I don’t want you to miss any of them! As you know, my tiny flat here in Tokyo doesn’t allow me to have pets or gardens and there’s hardly any place to put potted plants, so instead of investing in a Bonzai tree I just take as many chances as I can to visit beautiful gardens around Tokyo. Coming across this garden festival was a great way to get a little green in a crowded lunch hour! Sorry about the poor quality though, couldn’t ask my colleagues to hold up while I took photos. Enjoy!