Nezu Museum Garden in Tokyo
Our two-weeks in Japan were book-ended with a stay in Tokyo and whilst we stayed on the outskirts when we first arrived, we decided to book an inner-city hotel for the last few nights. Having no agenda gave us all the time in the world and we filled it with walking from coffee shop to coffee shop, occasionally stopping to take a photo of the tiled buildings or the light bouncing off a pile of newspapers. Important stuff.
We did visit one particular place that made us contemplate our trip and thought it appropriate to end the photographic instalments of this series with that: the Nezu Museum garden.
Situated in the Minato district of Tokyo, Nezu Museum is first and foremost a museum (the clue is in the name) that is home to the private collection of Nezu Kaichurō, a Japanese philanthropist. The collection includes pre-modern Japanese and East Asian art and takes the form of decorative folding screens, calligraphy, sculpture and other items of heritage interest.
Our reason for visiting was for the garden. Included in the price of entry (it equated to about £7/8 each) the land is a restoration of it's original self as it was unfortunately burned during the bombings of World War II.
Through winding pathways, over peaks and into troughs, the foliage was rich with colour and everywhere it was evident that Autumn was on its way. We found the different textures and transforming colour palette very pleasing and didn't really realise quite how vibrant it was until we looked back over our time in the country. One of our first activities in Tokyo took us through green gardens and although the leaves seemed to be dropping at pace whilst we were in Kyoto it's only really now that we can see just how much difference a couple of weeks makes.