Rikugien Gardens

Miyagi and I caught the last glimpse of kouyou – red leaves – in Rikugien Gardens today, via a couple of temples in Ochanomizu. Like yesterday I only brought my Galaxy S3, not my camera (it’s so nice to be without a bag), so the photo quality had to suffer.

This is just by Ochanomizu station and probably the picture I like most of all:

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If one thinks of Rikugien Gardens as a park, one could make all sorts of comparisons with European parks. For example, in European parks, there are no policemen who escort the visitors with megaphones and glowing sticks. European parks are not as crowded. And not as well-kept. But I don’t think it’s fair to compare Rikugien Gardens to, say, Tiergarten in Berlin. Rikugien is more of an entertainment park where the entertainment is, well, the park. If you get it. The small entrance fee of 300 yen adds to that way of seeing things.

On second thought, the comparison is quite good. Rikugien Gardens vs Tiergarten as symbols for Tokyo vs Berlin, or Japan vs Europe. One crowded, well-kept, perfect order, expensive. The other one relatively empty, chaotic and cheap. I like both.

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Afterwards we had dinner at Denny’s, a “family restaurant”. I had never been to one of those (probably for a good reason, there’s really not much to see there), but I’ve got more and more curious since “famiresu” always feature in animes. For example, in Bakuman the editors and mangaka’s often have meetings in such places. Denny’s is an American chain, but just like Starbucks, it’s somewhat different in Japan.

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Then we went to Shinjuku to drink sake, but I’ll make that a separate post.

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