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August: The Return of Souls

August is peak summer season in Japan.  We can look forward to some of the most spectacular fireworks displays and festivals in the world, ...

Central Park in Tokyo



Hama-Rikyu Gardens

Just go there and see the beauty of both urban and natural landscapes.    Witness migratory birds and ducks move through the air and water.  Watch as nature unfolds its beauty.  Contemplate on the quiet pond and behold the clear blue sky in its reflection.

If ever there were parks that exemplified the beautiful dynamic between modernity and tradition, then there are only a few great Japanese garden parks in Japan.  In Japan, you have garden parks that are often called gardens which are actually just beautifully maintained parks, whereas in North America the garden is a place replete with beautiful flowers and fauna, a place to go where you want to study the botanical  bounty of  a city or a town.  


The Japanese garden park is much more dynamic and aesthetically pleasing to the senses when you understand the history.   Sometimes a Japanese garden could be in the form of a stone garden, sometimes called a dry rock garden.  It could also be in the form of a wide open space with beautiful spatial dynamics that conjure up imagery of the distant past.  Or, it could be a humble little garden park with some seasonal flowers sprinkled hither and thither along a path, with some patches of bamboo and shrubs nestled away somewhere near a thicket, or even a bubbling brook.  


I love Tokyo.


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1 comment:

  1. Very interesting blog. A lot of blogs I see these days don't really provide anything that attract others, but I'm most definitely interested in this one. Just thought that I would post and let you know.

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