Trip Start Jan 05, 2010
12Trip End Jan 22, 2010
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The Gardens are a few blocks away from Tokyo Station which is the center of business for the city - there are lots of business looking business men going about business with a serious look of business about them. This part of the city has surprisingly wide streets and is rather clean... it kind of reminded me of Minneapolis... but cleaner and with more asians.
Then there is a bridge that crosses over a moat and you walk through a large stone and wood gate built into the side of a giant stone wal
What's mind boggling is the amount of clean trimmed hedges. every pathway (and there are many winding pathways) are set in by hedges that are so flat and angular it's really unfair to the common gardener. I got to see some workers trimming one of the many curvy, clean trees... and there where seven guys on two trees. All they had were little garden shears and they were just going after these trees like miniature Edward Scissorhands.
I walked past an old old wooden building that was gated off which was too bad, I really wanted to see what was inside of it since emanating from inside the walls were many loud grunts and YAH's with what sounded like many sticks being hit together. Sounded like fun.
It is winter here in Japan, and the garden shows it. The grass is a bit brown, and there are no broad leaves.... but luckily most trees are coniferous and the grass is hidden by many bushes... but man... being here in the spring time has got to be ridiculous. I will probably have to come back for that
I had lunch in a really trendy looking place on the 7th floor of a building. Ate some Soba Noodles and Curry, and then headed over to Tokyo Station to get on the bullet train headed for Kyoto... (navigating through the station required a little bit of work and patience... there are signs pointed everywhere to different train lines, exits, entrances, and of course it is filled with people who already know exactly where they are going...
But I found my train and platform and off I was towards Kyoto. Along the way, I got to see a beautiful view of Mount Fuji, and witnessed the weird Japanese weather; it went from sunny and 50, to overcast and thick snow, to really overcast and raining, to cloudy and damp... in two hours... going south... odd.