After a long break from being able to wander the gardens of Tokyo, I am back and happy to indulge my artistic nudges. I went to a park I have been today called Rikugien Garden. It was a beautiful park to visit on this summer afternoon. Large fluffy clouds filled the skies as the cicadas mi mi miiied themselves into an absolute frenzy.
It feels like for most the summer is just about over, however, for me it is just beginning. I have the freedom to wander and explore places that I have never been, always with camera in hand. The park was for the most part empty. I could wander nearly they whole way around the park without seeing another visitor. Halfway around the pond there was a little chayasan (teashop) where I sat had a cup of macha (thick green tea) and a little sweet in the shape of an umbrella. I just sat there and my senses just took in the sights and the sounds of the garden. The little ants that marched single file on the bamboo fencing. The koi (carp) that came to the surface begging for snacks, and the trace ripples of wind across the surface of the pond.
All in all a gorgeous day to be out in the park. Soaking up the sunshine, the sounds, and the flavors of urban Tokyo.