Tuesday, December 6, 2011
Tokyo Imperial Palace Grounds (March 17, 2011)
The day had started out sunny but grew cold and gray quickly. It could have been that but more likely people were not out because of the fear of radiation. Because I have read that the Imperial Palace Grounds are a favorite for runners and walkers. Yet on this day there were only a few people out. And yes that is Tokyo Tower which isn't that close but seems to be visible from so many places.
Another view of the grounds. Interesting that they let the grass go brown. Here in America they would be watering that endlessly. What is also amazing is someone is trimming all those trees.
Running and biking okay here. Except there wasn't anyone running or biking. But there were people around. Keep reading to find out more.
I didn't take photos but there were a lot of people in suits who left the inner part going through this gate which is Sakashita-mon. People were definitely working at the offices at the Imperial Palace. Since the Emperor and Empress were shown on the news going to various places where refugees were, one could conclude that much work was being done to see what could be done for refugees since a lot of help was needed. It still is.
Back to a bit more about what I saw at the Imperial Palace. This moat is Nijubashi Bori. The moats are connected around this area. It's hard to describe the lay-out of the Imperial Palace grounds because like many Japanese castles they tended to build in a convoluted fashion in order to make it more difficult for intruders to attack. This is all on the side next to Marunochi. I did not get to the other sides because the grounds are much bigger than I thought they would be.
If you think all the trees are for decoration think again. One of the defenses of castles was to plant a lot of trees. Good places to hide when fighting against your enemies. It is interesting that here there are stone walls and then built up embankments.
More trees. Great place to hide your archers. And they look nice.
Sei-mon gate. I wish I could have walked up a bit to take better photos. I just didn't want to test the guards. Again with the plastered boards at the windows and what appears to be lacquered wood which is the black part. A very imposing gate. And part of what is one of the best things at the Imperial Palace. Which will be in my next post.