East Gardens of the Imperial Palace

Tour Report on June 23th at the East Gardens of the Imperial Palace

East Gardens of the Imperial Palace

Thank you for joining our Tokyo Free Walking Tour on June 23th. On the day of two tours, we welcomed 35 guests from 8 countries on our morning tour.

The weather was recently weird in Japan, with it changing between sunny, cloudy, and rainy weather. Although the weather of this day was cloudy with partly rain, all of us enjoyed talking and walking during the tour. Strolling around the East Gardens of the Imperial Palace is also great for rainy days. A sunny day is absolutely the best time to visit, but the garden could be full of quiet atmosphere due to the stillness of the rain. Moreover, the flowers, like hydrangea, looks best in the rain.

Wherever you go on a rainy day in Japan, you can enjoy it. Japanese have devised the way of enjoying the four seasons for a long period of time. Sen no Rikiyu, the most famous tea ceremony master, introduced seven rules of tea ceremony to his disciples when he was asked what the tea ceremony was like. One rule was to provide coolness in summer and warmth in winter. Rikyu not only developed Japanese culture but also did not forget consideration for others. I think Rikyu’s spirit is similar to our spirit. Hospitality is paramount importance in Tokyo Free Walking Tour. To entertain guests, we often discuss what we could do and study. If you are interested in our tour, please check the calendar and join us.

(Posted by K.F)