March 17, 2014

Koishikawa Korakuen Gardens, a day of plum blossoms

Todays' adventure was a trip to Koishikawa Korakuen Gardens to see the plum blossoms. Blossom viewing is very popular here and plum blossoms bloom a little earlier than the popular cherry blossoms. I can hardly wait for those! We loved this beautiful red bridge. 

They actually let you walk on this bridge, most of them are roped off.

Eva, taking a break. 
  

This was another green paradise, right in the heart of Tokyo. 

The Three Musketeers. 

Here are the plum blossoms. It seems as though every park in Tokyo is very carefully planned to have something in bloom in every season of the year. We want to come back to this park in the summertime, it would be completely different. 

The variety of this tree had the most vibrant pink blossoms. I wish the pictures turned out better!



This is full moon bridge. You can see that the bridge and it's reflection make a circle, which gives the appearance of a full moon. This bridge has survived in its original form for hundreds of years, even through war and earthquakes.


On our way out, we passed a cute school group. We thought it was interesting that the boys were wearing the pink hats, and the girls were wearing the blue. They loved to check out our kids too! 

This alley of shops is right outside of Nakano Station, which was our train connection for this trip. Since we had passed it many times, we decided to take a look today. Lots of restaurants and small shops. (Though the girl's chose to eat at McDonald's!)

This produce was being pickled, I believe.  

It's always so fun to look. I think we could spend every Friday of our three years here, and not even scratch the surface of what there is to see in Tokyo! 

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