JAPAN PHOTOS

By Philbert Ono


Most viewed - Rikugien Garden 六義園
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Rikugien Garden's famous weeping cherry tree. In Japanese, it is called "shidare-sakura" meaning drooping cherry.596 views
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Drooping pine tree, Rikugien Garden, Tokyo265 views
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Rikugien was desinated as one of Japan's Special Scenic Spots in 1953. 国の特別名称246 views
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A long line forms at Rikugien's Someimon Gate entrance. When the weeping cherry tree is in bloom in late March, many people come. 染井門231 views
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Azaleas in bloom229 views
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A large crowd admire the beautiful weeping cherry tree.210 views
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When this weeping cherry tree is in bloom, the garden is open at night and this tree is lit up.198 views
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Rikugien is one of the nicest Japanese gardens in central Tokyo, and one of two of Edo's famous gardens (other is Koishikawa Korakuen). 171 viewsThe garden was built in 1702 by Lord Yanagisawa Yoshiyasu from Kawagoe, who was a favorite ally of Shogun Tokugawa Tsunayoshi, the 5th Tokugawa Shogun. It is a Kaiyu-type Daimyo garden with hills and ponds. Near Komagome Station on the Yamanote Line.
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Very difficult to take a picture of the tree without any people in it.162 views
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Seimon Gate entrance to Rikugien Garden.160 views
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Even the main Seimon entrance is crowded with people. This is a weekday. Admission 300 yen. 正門158 views
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Looks like the trees are on fire. Rikugien Garden, Tokyo152 views
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Pine tree147 views
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Pond144 views
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Under the shower of weeping flowers.144 views
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Closeup of flowers.143 views
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Matsu142 views
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Weeping cherry flowers.141 views
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Sign says the weeping cherry tree is in full bloom (mankai). 「しだれ桜 満開」138 views
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Azaleas in bloom136 views
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All kinds of matsu pine trees135 views
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The name, Rikugi-en, came from "six elements of Waka poems" that had been derived from "six styles of poems" written in the old Chinese poetry book "Mao-shi".134 views
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Azalea bushes and pond133 views
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Side view129 views
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Bridge at Rikugien Garden, Tokyo124 views
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This is a big pond with small islands and surrounded by trees. There are replicas of famous Japanese scenery such as Wakanoura in Kishu (Wakayama Prefecture).120 views
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During the Meiji Period, Rikugien became a villa owned by the Iwasaki family who founded the Mitsubishi corporate empire and was donated to Tokyo and opened to the public in 1938.120 views
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Somei Yoshino cherry blossom tree119 views
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Cherry blossoms and pine tree116 views
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Rikugien Garden, Tokyo116 views
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Tree trunk111 views
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How the tree looks after it finishes blooming.109 views
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Pines107 views
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The many low-hanging branches are supported by wooden posts.104 views
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The garden is also colorful in autumn.103 views
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Leaves straight up83 views
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Momiji74 views
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Maples73 views
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Rikugien Garden's second weeping cherry tree at night.52 views
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When the weeping cherry tree is in bloom, Rikugien Garden also illuminates the tree at night in late March to early April.51 views
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Tall bamboo illuminated. Very subtle colors against the black sky.25 views
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Picture-taking frenzy around Rikugien's weeping cherry tree.24 views
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They also light up the pine trees in spring, similar to autumn.24 views
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Rikugien also has a second weeping cherry tree. Very tall and in full bloom at the same time as the more famous tree.24 views
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Like a cherry tree monster.24 views
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Very beautiful, but very crowded.23 views
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This tall weeping cherry tree looks totally different from different angles.23 views
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Part of the illumination was pink.23 views
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A long line to get in Rikugien at night in spring. It proceeds quickly though.23 views
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Rikugien is also open at night during the autumn foliage season in Nov. Expect a long line.23 views
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Entrance23 views
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Chrysanthemum display23 views
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Pine trees and autumn leaves lit up at Rikugien Garden.23 views
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Japanese pine tree in fantastic shapes.23 views
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Weeping cherry tree in fall.23 views
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