2010年12月05日

'Icho', ginkgo trees are relatively unusual in Western countries, however they are frequently seen everywhere in Japan.

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The ginkgo tree, originally comes from China, seems to have been brought in Japan and Europe around in the 12th century. As the species rooted in Europe was extinct by a germ infection, Japan's species were transplanted there after that they were gradually spreaded into the American Continents and Australia from the 17th century on. That's why the ginkgo trees are rare in many countries other than Japan. These trees are likely to be planted by the roadside in the country, reaching the highest number among all sorts of trees for that purpose. A street lined with many ginkgo trees in the picture was taken at the entrance of the Outer Gardens of the Meiji Shrine in Tokyo at the beginning of Dec. About 150 trees, older than 100 years, are planted in four rows and they delight our eyes with autumnal foliage in autumn as well as green leaves in summer.

Licensed tour guide,
Masahisa Takaki.

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2010年11月12日

'Hamarikyu Onshi Teien', Hamarikyu Gardens, which lie within walking distance from Shinbashi station or Tsukiji fish market, is the best example of a landscaped garden surrounding 'Shioiri' pond.

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Tokugawa Tsunashige, a branch family member of Tokugawa shogun, reclaimed a tract from the sea to build a villa with extensive Japanese gardens in the 17th century. Thereafter it was handed down to the then Shogun Tokugawa Family, who reformed it into the present appearance. After the end of Tokugawa's samurai government, it was owned by the Imperial Household Agency to be used for the State Guest House late in the 19th century. The gardens feature 'Shioiri' Pond making use of Tokyo Bay's seawater to form a central pond, and so the transformation of the shape of the pond according to the tides can be seen here. In addition visitors can enjoy 'matcha' powdered green tea with Japanese sweets on tatami mats of the traditional tea room in the middle of the pond in the picture.

Licensed tour guide/travel assistant,
Masahisa Takaki.

通訳案内士 高木聖久。

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2010年10月11日

There are many class hotels in Tokyo who have a authentic Japanese garden in their compound.

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A typical example of Japanese garden in the picture can be seen in the Shinagawa Prince Hotel in Tokyo. Among many high-class hotels in the capital, several hotels such as the Hotel New Otani, the Four Seasons Hotel, the Sheraton Miyako Hotel,etc. are equipped with a well maintained Japanese garden. Almost every hotel of this kind admit not only hotel guests but also outsiders into the garden even in the night.

Licensed tour guide/travel assistant,
Masahisa Takaki.

通訳案内士 高木聖久。

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