Japan is such a remarkable synthesis of two extremes – you can sink into calmness or get dazzled by excitement… you can walk through ancient temples and shrines or explore the ultra modern landscape with huge monuments of glass, steel and concrete. There is such diversity in landscape… gardens disrupt the modern concrete so peace and harmony are preserved in some spaces of a densely populated metropolitan area
I would think it a warm commentary on the quality of Japanese life, with their rich history, pecuniary and natural abundance, they have secured for generations substantial remnants of these great endowments. Historical places, like this 250,215.72 m2 Hama-rikyu Gardens which used to be the family garden of the Tokugawa Shogun in the 17th century, have been well-preserved.
This is one of the biggest and oldest pines in tokyo, the 300 year old pine tree planted in 1709.
Nature’s marvels nurturing me from the inside! Having my powdered green tea called matcha, the king of teas, in the Nakajima-no-ochaya rest house within the Hama-rikyu Gardens, where the shogun, ladies and Imperial Court nobles would sit and enjoy the view.