Endeavouring to make the most of the short time left of the holidays, I met a friend yesterday and went to Shinjuku Gyoen. It's arguably the best place for cherry blossoms in Tokyo. More relaxed and peaceful than Ueno, less morbidly gothic than Aoyama and Yanaka cemetries, less dusty than Asukayama, and more varied than Inokashira, I can see merit in the claim. It has a botanical garden function as well and there are signs and information cards informing the variety of names of plants. A day with Mrs Higuchi is always refreshing - aside from being a really nice person and good fun, she's the only person in Japan not related to Hiro that has sufficient patience to weather my Japanese!
|A peach with different colour blossoms|
|Painting the blossoms|
|NTT Docomo Tower from Shinjuku Gyoen|