Greetings from Tokyo! I have been here well over a month already and here is the first blog post. One of the first places we visited was Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden. It costs to get in here (like many parks and gardens in Japan) but was well worth it, it was quite empty when we went, mainly old people and the odd jogger. We saw many chrysanthemum displays, the last picture is really impressive, a single plant is cultivated into many stems which all flower at the same time, crazy!
This picture captures Tokyo really well – pockets of green space with modern skyscrapers in the background. New meets old.
FIsh in the pond, they open their mouths really wide maybe they are hungry? or is it just breathing..
Kengai Bed: The training technique to make a small-flowered Chrsanthemum to look like wild chrysanthemums flowering on the clifff is called ‘Kengai’ style (cascade style).
A group of children came into the park as well, they are all wearing matching caps and are in pairs, holding hands – kawaii!
Ozukuri bed – It takes a year for one root division to produce hundreds of flowers in a dome shape by unique technique of pinching and training. This original style was developed in Shinjuku Gyoen and set a precedent for the style of “thousand bloom” chrysanthemums that are seen throughout Japan.