Lighting of autumn leaves
24 November – 3 December 2017 (t.b.c.)
Otaguro Park is a graceful Japanese garden of about 9,000 square meters, located at the former residence of Motoo Otaguro (1893 – 1979). Born the son of a wealthy businessman, Otaguro was a renowned music critic, who contributed, above all, to the dissemination of Western music in Japan. Today the park is run by Tokyo’s Suginami City.
Visitors enter the estate through the Japanese-style gate of cypress wood, topped with a gable roof. The immediate approach to the inner garden is cobbled with white granite and lined with ginkgo trees of over 100 years old.
Inside the garden, the autumn leaves of old red pines, Japanese oak and Zelkova trees are beautifully reflected on the surface of its pond and stream. At this time of the year, the foliage will be nicely lit up, with extended hours.
There is an administrative building, as well as a Western-style house built in 1951. The house, which used to be the music critic’s atelier, is now opened to the public with his memorabilia on display.
Admission is free.
Otaguro Park (photo courtesy: Suginami City, Tokyo)
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