Tour Report of the East Garden of the Imperial Palace, 28 October 2023
- East Gardens of the Imperial Palace
Thank you to those who participated in the tour. On that day we hosted 25 people from USA, UK, New Zealand, Mexico, Philippines, Serbia, Australia and Germany. We divided into three groups.
It was a mild clear sky autumn day. We hope all of you enjoyed and shared interesting conversations with us during the tour. As promised, group photos and snapshots are attached to remember the fun times we had.
The leaves on the street are turning brown and yellow, so called autumn leaves. In the East Garden, Japanese typical autumn fruits, Kaki (persimmons) were coming out. These fruits taste like mixture of apple, orange, and melon. Seeing Kaki fruits coming out is one of the signs that autumn season already arrived here.
We could truly share the peaceful moments with one another on that day. But sadly in some parts of the world, wars are raging and many people are dying. We used to welcome people from these war zones. We are worried if they are safe. We wish the wars end very soon. We always wish for the world peace. We believe our activities contribute to keeping the world in peace by communicating with one another face to face so that we can understand the commonality while acknowledging the difference.
Speaking of the peace keeping, our tour course, the East Garden was the site of a castle of Tokugawa Shogun, who governed the whole nation for two and half centuries long, 15 generations. Before Tokugawa Ieyasu, first generation founded his dynasty, Japan was in warring state period. He experienced many wars until he was appointed by Emperor as the sole master of all Samurai lords in Japan.
Tokugawa Shogunate had successfully ruled Japan and no division occurred, then subsequently created the base for modern nation-state even after the dynasty was abolished.
By learning history of Tokugawa Shogunate, you might be able to grasp hints to keep the world peace. Why not join us?
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(Posted by Masa)