East Gardens of the Imperial Palace

Tour report on July 17th(Weekday tour of the East Garden of the Imperial Palace)

East Gardens of the Imperial Palace


Thank you for coming our weekday tour of the East Garden of the Imperial Palace. We welcomed 14 guests from France, UK, USA, and Mexico.


We divided the guests into 3 groups and started tour respectively. Unfortunately a half of the main castle building area was closed because of preparing the Daijyosai (one of the ceremony of the Imperial inheritance). But we enjoyed the tour of that day!

Last Wednesday was cloudy and so humid. But we didn’t need to use umbrellas. It was so lucky in this rainy season. We also welcomed two kid guests. They challenged charm hunting tour with their parents during the tour. They completed their mission of charm hunting tour. Congratulations!

By the way, do you know that Japanese like to feel the exact season? Especially in Cha-do “Japanese tea ceremony” it is said that to show the seasonal atmosphere a little ahead of the season using the various tools like flowers, hanging scrolls, flower vases, and bowls for the tea is very important. In addition, ahead of the season is well, but delay of the season is not good. It is so important for Cha-do to match exact season or to take ahead of the season.

My teacher of the Cha-do always decorates the Tokonoma which is an alcove in a traditional Japanese Tatami room with the seasonal flowers and the hanging scrolls. Flowers are absolutely seasonal but also hanging scrolls are. She always says that Collaboration of both flowers and hanging scrolls shows Japanese sense of season and hospitality.

If you go to the traditional Japanese restaurant, Ryokan hotel, or Tea ceremony’s house where has the Tokonoma, please check the flower and hanging scroll that match the season exactly or take ahead of the season. You can find and enjoy their sense of season and hospitality.

From now Japan is getting into the Summer holiday season. Tokyo Free Walking Tour have 4 free tours,  Meiji Shrine and Harajuku tour, Asakusa tour, Ueno Park tour and East Garden of the Imperial Palace tour. Please join these tours during your staying in Tokyo. Please visit our tour Calendar and make sure the tour schedule.

Don’t miss it!

Posted by Yumi H