Machida's beautiful Yakushiike Park has a sizeable plum orchard next to a thatch roof house. I visited in late February but was a little disappointed to find the blossoms had barely started blooming. However there were other attractions that made the trip worthwhile. Pine trees around the pond with snow protection were elegantly photo-worthy. Then I saw a solitary blue heron on a small island. I wasn't the only photographer around - a group of birdwatchers equipped with decorated and intimidating super lenses appeared on the edge of the pond. Those lenses were big enough to see dust on the mites on the bird's feathers!
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I came to Japan in 2003 to teach English. I lived in Shiga prefecture for 1 year, and it still holds a special place in my heart. I lived in Kyoto for 9 years, then moved to Machida, Tokyo in 2014 after meeting my Japanese partner. I love to take photos, and my Japan in Pictures Facebook page has some 40,000 followers. I have been the Regional Partner for Yamanashi Prefecture since 2014.I am enjoying exploring the prefectures around Tokyo (I like to get off the beaten track), and I hope the photos and stories I share will encourage more people to discover this wonderful country.