East Gardens of the Imperial Palace

Report on the East Garden of the Imperial Palace Tour, 29 June 2024, Looking back the past to see the future

East Gardens of the Imperial Palace

Thank you very much for joining the tour. We hosted 15 guests from USA, Australia, Indonesia, Turkey, Hong Kong, Singapore and Canada.

The weather was half cloudy and half sunny, so it was very humid and hot. We appreciate the guests endured such harsh weather of that day.

We hope the guests enjoyed the tour and conversation with us and other guests. As promised, group photos and snapshots are attached to remember the fun times we had.

Where we stroll is memories of the past. The East Garden was where the feudal lord, called Shogun’s castle stood. Where we meet to start the tour is the square of more than a century old railway station.

The tour looks to be time trip to the old days learning history of Japan from feudal period to modern time.

In the era, Shogun governed the nation. Samurai had absolute rights over commoners so they had license to kill anybody below their ranks as they wanted. No fundamental human rights is recognized.

In the era Tokyo Station was built, which was after the feudal period and Japan adopted Western monarchy and parliament system, voting rights was limited to the rich men, and women were not allowed to vote until after the second world war.

But these were all in the past. The past is in the past. We do not live in the past. We just need to look to the future.

Next weekend’s Sunday, July 7 is Tokyo gubernatorial election day. There is a very drastic thing going on. Among more than 50 candidates, two major candidates are women. One is former member of House of Councilors in Japan’s parliament and the other is incumbent Tokyo governor.

The two women are racing to be the top of Japan’s biggest and capital city whose population is 14 million and the annual budget is the same level of amount as Sweden.

The time has changed. Let’s progress to the greater future. Let’s keep the past as our great learning materials.

Once again, thank you so much for joining us on our tour. We always make efforts to improve our tours and highly appreciate your feedback on our TripAdvisor/Facebook etc. Your comments would makes us happy and give us more strong motivations to keep our volunteer activities. And also we’d be glad so much if you would recommend your family and friends our tour. Hope to see you again at our another tours too, such as Asakusa/Sensoji Temple, Ueno Park, and Meiji Jingu Shrine. 

Posted by Masa