2018年4月8日日曜日

Day 98/365: Can one ever get enough?

...I suspect not

With hindsight, I'm not really sure how my brain decided that visiting one of Tokyo's busiest parks, on Sunday, would be a good idea. Shinjuku Gyouen is about 60 hectares of gardens, lakes and people, in the middle of Shinjuku. 

My reason for heading to Shinjuku was to visit my favourite (and original) bookstore, Kinokuniya, in search of a particular book. Somehow, it occurred to me that since I was in Shinjuku, I might as well do the park...

Shinjuku was the part of town where I spent much of my time when I first came to Tokyo as a student in the 1980s. I attended Japanese language classes on the western side of the station and eating and shopping on the eastern side. When I say shopping, I mean books. At Kinokuniya. For a student whose experiences of bookshops until 1984 had basically been a QBD or similar, a nine-storey shop of books, books and books was quite something. I've been known to spend hours just in the politics/foreign policy section on the third floor. 

But the bookshop today was after the park perambulations...

Finery

Trunks

Reflected

Up and ...

Oops.

Cluster

Branching

Weeping

Not just cherries

Lake view

Looking up

The wisteria is on its way...

Quirky

All the pinks

All the petals

Bunches

Cascade

More lake views

Prize for persistence, growing out of a sawn trunk

More pinks

Top topiary

Meeting the lake

Picnic

Pink against the white

Multi-layered

Count the petals

Crepe-like

Reaching down

Burst

Pink photobombs

Peoples

Whichever direction you look

Commemorative pic

Maples

A well-earned...

I made it to the bookshop, eventually


So glad I went. Whereas many of the blossoms around other parts of Tokyo have just about had their time, there were some marvellous specimens alive and thriving in the park. 

Can one ever get enough blossoms? I think not. 

[Camera : Canon EOS M5, 1.40pm-2.35pm, iPhone6s, 2.42pm, 7.09pm; 8 April 2018] 

*And a healthy 11,000 steps into the bargain, 70+ pics