TOUR REPORT of THE EAST GARDENS OF THE IMPERIAL PALACE ON March.2, 2019

Thank you for everyone, joining our Tokyo Free Walking Tour on March 2, 2019 at The East Gardens of The Imperial Palace. We welcomed 26 guests from Australia, USA, Canada, Malaysia, Poland, Argentina and Tokyo. We divided them into 3 groups, and started the tour 13:00.

Tokyo Marathon 2019 would be held on the next day, then, many people are preparing for the event. Some of the guests would entry the marathon. I hope they win.

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Anyway, the day is clear and comfort, then we could hold the tour comfortably.

Early bloomer cherry are blooming now, however, plum flowers are in full bloom now.

Speaking of plum flower, “SUGAWARA no Michizane,” very famous Japanese government officer at one thousand years ago, created this poem.

“When the wind is in the east, I want it to blow the scent of Japanese plum flowers to me; even if I disappear from here, you, Japanese plum flowers, do not forget spring.”

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He was relegated from Kyoto to Kyusyu, due to the political ploy. He missed the plum flower, and created this poem. Many Japanese like this poem and know this story, so, we feel such poetic feeling from the plum flower.

Famous spots of plum flower are Dazaihu Tenmangu in Kyushu, Kitano Tenmangu in Kyoto, and Yushima Tenjin in Tokyo.

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Why don’t you join our tour of East garden of the Imperial Palace, Asakusa, Meiji-jingu shrine and Ueno? We are waiting for your entry.

(Reported by Yasunori Yamada)

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