East Gardens of the Imperial Palace

Tour Report: April 2, 2016

East Gardens of the Imperial Palace

Thanks to all the guests for joining and having a good time with us!

It’s cloudy and chilly day, but cherry blossoms are in full bloom. We welcomed over 100 guests 2 weeks in a row and we divided into 7 groups. It’s natural that most of the groups took their group photo at the front of cherry blossom trees.

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Some guest told me they already visited famous place of cherry blossom, ex. Ueno-park, Meguro-river. I recommended Chidorigafuchi to those who are searching famous cherry blossom place close to the Imperial palace area.


Then during this tour I noticed that famous picture work “Setsugekka (Snow, moon and flower)” will be displayed at the Sannomaru Shozokan (the Museum of the Imperial Collection) in next exhibition term (29th Apr – 22nd May). This Museum is also free!


<Setsugekka (Snow, moon and flower)>

Artist of this work is Uemura Shoen, she is a famous artist of Japanese style painting in beautiful women and first woman who received the Order of Culture in 1948.

This picture was ordered by Teimei Empress( Empress of TaishoEmperor) at the end of 19th century. At that time she was already famous artist, so she had a lot of orders of painting. And also she thought she needed to concentrate her pure mind to achieve this noble order. Perfect condition to start painting required long year, finally it took 20 years to finish and dedicate this work to the Empress in 1912. She said “this work is the work I poured my whole energy”.

I like her elegant women in her works and this exhibition is first time for me to watch the work “Setsugekka”, so I’m really looking forward to it and I hope some of you will visit our tour and this museum after reading this report!


We have regular tour every Saturday afternoon and I think we can also enjoy cherry blossom in next week (9th Apr).

 (Reported by Nao)