...and so on to Tokyo. Tokyo means Eastern capital; in the same way Beijing is northern capital and Nanjing western. Possibly Xian is the western one. Xi is definitely Mandarin for Western, but the rest is guess-work!). Not sure why, given the antipathy between China and Japan, the Japanese allow their capital to be named in relation to the Chinese one... So to WIkipedia: Originally called Edo the city changed its name when it became the imperial capital.... Just an Asian thing then, that the capital city includes the word capital in its name.
Anyway, become the Imperial capital it did and that capital needed a palace to house the Imperial household, which was our first stop (See. what a clever little intro it was!). The gardens, which are the only bits you are allowed to see, are stunning this time of year. A magnificent display of blossom.
The place was heaving, this was its first day of opening for the blossom season. However, this was one of the times that the difference between China and Japan really hit us. It was really busy AND still quiet and tranquil. Nobody jostling you, children running amok (Apart form ours, of course), just lots of people enjoying the space.
Before we get into the blossoms: I spent ages taking pictures of the crane below. This is my favourite I think.
So, yes, to the blossoms.... I have to say I also really like the topiaried pines too.
This will be a blog about my latest shots and what I liked or was trying to do with them
I am a teacher of Economics and have worked in various schools in Europe & Asia. One of the things I love doing is getting out and about with my camera.