Sunday, December 25, 2016

Shinjuku Gyoen - French Garden

The park is in three main sections, the French Formal Garden, The English Landscape Garden and the Japanese Traditional Garden.

These roses are from the French Formal Garden.

A link to the garden map can be found here.

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Shinjuku Gyoen - The Greenhouse

If you visit Shinjuku Gyoen, you must also visit the Greenhouse. The greenhouse is impressively large, impeccably kept and a wide variety of tropical and subtropical plants and flowers.

Descriptions of the varieties of plants throughout

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Shinjuku Gyoen

Shinjuku Gyoen is one of the largest parks in Tokyo. The park originated during the Edo period (1603 - 1867) as a feudal lords palace grounds. It converted to a botanical garden before being part of the Imperial family's who used it for recreation and visiting guests. After suffering complete devastation from WWII it reopened in 1949 as a public park.

The park consists of a traditional Japanese garden and tributes to traditional English landscape garden and a symmetrically arranged French Garden. There is also a magnificent greenhouse featuring tropical and subtropical plants and flowers. The park is extremely popular during spring when the cherry blossoms bloom as the park is home to a great number of these trees.

The English landscape garden has over 400 somei yoshino trees. The park is also popular in the autumn, especially the Japanese garden and Momijiyama (maple mountain)with its numerous maple trees.

Path walkway surrounding the park
Part of the path walkway around the park itself.
Park Entrance

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Godzilla - Shinjuku District, Tokyo

When Godzilla first landed in Japan in 1954, Tokyo was his first place to visit. It's not surprising to see Godzilla be part of the city skyline in tribute to this cinema great.

Godzilla is located on top of the Shinjuku Toho Building. Here is a link to a web page with information on it.

Toho Cinemas is the Japanese film/cinema company responsible for the creation and theatrical distribution of Godzilla's films.

On top of the building is a cafe/restaurant. Seeing Godzilla is free but like anything "free" you must enter the cafe, place an order for coffee or a light snack, to be able to walk out on the terrace (through the cafe) and be terrorized by one of cinema's greatest creatures conceived. It's worth the vist.