Saturday, 20 March 2010

Canola in the city

It's canola season in Tokyo!  Spring has arrived.  Hamarikyu,  the former family gardens of the Tokugawa Shogunate, has possibly the only canola field in central Tokyo. Even though canola, or nanohana as it the local variety is called, is commonly eaten here as a vegetable, seeing it in a field always reminds me of home. In  Australia a canola field often goes to the horizon, whereas here,  bright yellow  flowers of Hamarikyu are juxtaposed against  Shiodome's towering skyscrapers.   The novelty of it has yet to wear off. 
The plums blossoms and peonies of Hamarikyu, and its tidal ponds  are more famous; however it is the canola that I go back to see every year.


Plum blossoms are also in bloom at the moment

Details on Hamarikyu

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