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Springtime in Tokyo

As much as I detest the oppressively unbearable summers in Japan, I love Japanese springtime with an equal measure of passion.

We were blessed to have Hubby’s mother visit us during the zenith of this beautiful season, so we took a trip to Tokyo to experience the new life, fresh growth, and waves of pollen first-hand.

Originally designed for the private enjoyment of powerful Shogun, the Hama-rikyu Botanical Garden offers acres of lush landscape in the center of Japan’s bustling capital city.

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There is even a traditional Japanese tea house.

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FullSizeRender(9)Clearly, I got carried away with photographing the wisteria. However, I was completely unprepared to experience the yae-zakura, or double cherry blossoms!

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There was even a 300-year-old pine tree/bush.

fullsizerender11.jpgAfterward, we went to the pier to take a boat ride. It was as though we viewed an entire timeline of boat construction in a matter of minutes.

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After a tour of Tokyo’s waterways, we arrived at our destination: Tokyo Stytree. With a dizzying height of 2,080 feet, it is the tallest building in the world.

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As you might expect, the view of the city from the observation deck is unparalleled.

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After a long day of sightseeing, we caught a glimpse of a vibrant sunset from our bus window, which signaled an end to a glorious spring day.

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2 thoughts on “Springtime in Tokyo

  1. I am amazed at the size and density of Tokyo. The government showed great forethougt in preserving the botanical gardens in the midst of so much concrete, steel and asphalt. The wisteria and double cherry blossoms are truly lovely and portray the unquenchable love for beauty inherent in the Japanese people. Your photographs are remarkable and I appreciate the well-documented timeline of your journey to the capital city. Thank you for sharing!

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