You know, travel is an adventure that I crave. When I set down in Tokyo I was flicking through my Japanese guide book and scanning the street map for Tokyo I noticed the grounds of the Imperial Palace take up a large area. I’d planned on visiting Shibuya and Ginza, and thought that I was going to be able to wander around the the Imperial Palace see amazing temples and those beautifully managed Japanese gardens. Instead I find that the whole area is surrounded by a giant moat and stone wall. There’s a few bridges crossing the moat and on the other side you will find closed wooden gates with guards on each side of them. They are a bit like those red guards with the big black fuzzy hats you see at Buckingham Palace in London. They don’t dress the same but they sure do assume a similar regimented pose.
So wandering around the giant man made barriers that kept me from seeing my palace I took in the sights and sounds of Tokyo from the borderlands 🙂 School children walk hand and hand following their teacher, police men ride bicycles at a steady pace, artists sit on shaded ground sketching the scene, white swans swim aimlessly in the moat, trimmed conifers look like puffy marshmallow’s, huge skyscraper’s dwarf over me, protective facial masks are handed out at the entrance to an underground train station and loud sounds play over a speaker to the people of Tokyo.
Tokyo is immense and in your face, a city that will inspire and fuel your every desire… It’s a mix of ancient and modern and a place to be whoever you want. If you can’t find something that you need in Tokyo then you just aren’t looking in the right spots.
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I loved the oily reflection I saw on the water when looking across the moat at this Palace structure. Off to the left of the image you can see a couple examples of the puffy marshmallow type tree’s you can find all around the palace area. I also waited just for the right moment for a group of people to be using the sidewalk and I thought these business men suited the image really well. The path around the palace was also used for jogging and cycling.Tokyo city surrounds the Imperial Palace grounds so just across the road on the right side are huge skyscrapers, and the historic Tokyo train station is only a 5 minute walk from here.
So, I didn’t get to visit the actual Imperial Palace ! due to the giant moat, haha, but hopefully this gives you some sense of what the place is like.
Thanks Luke 🙂