June 14, 2009
This large garden is located at mouth of sumida-gawa(river).
It has a large sea water pond which has beautiful curves.
In flower fields, you can enjoy beautiful flowers through four seasons.
This garden was a family garden of Tokugawa shogun in Edo era.
Many site on that time remain in this garden.
I think designs of the garden are simple.
But it reminds me this garden was for samurai.
After Meiji Restoration, the garden became detached palace for Imperial family.
And the garden was renamed "Hama-rikyu" (Hama-detached palace).
In 1945, Imperial family gave this garden to city of Tokyo.
And now, this garden is managed by Tokyo Metropolitan Govornment as public garden.
The garden is next to shiodome that is a large business district in Tokyo.
After 2000, scenery around the garden was dramatically changed by redevelopment of shiodome district.
You can see many tall buildings from the garden.
But I don't think those are strange combination.
It looks for me that, those modern buildings and the garden which was designed around three and a half century before, are respectful each other.
From tomorrow, I introduce you details of the garden.
Formal name of the garden is "Hama rikyu onshi teien", "浜離宮恩賜庭園".
These photos were taken on Jun 12 , 2009.