By Jaime Wong
Rikugien Garden, constructed in 1702 and located near JR Komagome Station, is the largest and finest daimyo (top level samurai) garden in Tokyo (then called Edo). In spring, gorgeous weeping cherry trees show us their beautiful pink flowers. They look like one big single tree, but actually, they aren't. The gardeners have carefully arranged three trees to look like one. The light-up is from sunset to 9:00 PM.
I went there before sunset, and enjoyed walking around the garden, waiting for it to grow dark. As it got darker, the pale pink petals contrasted with the dark blue sky little by little. It was amazing and I was deeply touched.
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Japan is a small island nation, but we have a huge number of surprising things to discover here. Many of these delights can be found when you step off the main street onto small side paths. I really enjoy studying about and researching various aspects of traditional Japanese culture, and then sharing this information with visitors to Japan. I hope you will enjoy it, too! ARTICLE INDEX & PHOTOS: An index of most of my Japan Travel articles can be found at the entry page of my blog, and my photos are shown here. 日本はとても小さな国ですが、大通りから一本小道に入ればたくさんの発見があります。日本人が積み重ねてきた歴史を学びながら、古い建物や庭を訪ね、物語の舞台となった景色を眺めて、皆様といっしょに日本文化の奥深さを探求していきたいと思います。