Tuesday, January 17, 2012
Hama Rikyu Gardens (March 20th, 2011)
Being once a residence of the Tokugawa family, it makes sense that there is what looks like a moat.
There are other large ponds in the garden including one that is salt water that feeds from Tokyo Bay. Sadly because of my foot pain I did not get to see most of the garden and these ponds. I would like to one day.
But I did see some interesting things that I will show more of very soon. And a few things in this post too.
Like this amazing wooden bridge and gate.
I don't know how old it is but it's easy to imagine samurai walking across this.
Manhole cover for the gardens. I can guess that the building is the tea house Nakajima no ochaya and the tree is the 300 year old pine. Definitely need to see the tea house if I get back here.
This however is a rest house. Nice how it fits in with the garden.
Another bridge and more stone work.
A bit more flowers. It was nice even though it was the beginning of March that there were flowers in bloom to see. It was a trip where the small things like this really mattered.