Celebration of New Year 2018
2-3 January 2018
The Rikugi-en is one of the most beautiful Japanese gardens in Tokyo, dating to the Edo era in the end of the 17th century. Yoshimasa Yanagisawa, an advisor favoured by the fifth Tokugawa Shogun Tsunayoshi, created the garden to express the universe of “waka”, a genre of Japanese traditional poetry. The garden is today designated as a “National Site of Scenic Beauty”.
This garden will soon hold an annual event to celebrate New Year, set to the tune of traditional festive music (“ohayashi”) and in an auspicious mood highlighted by the lion dance (“shishimai”). The performances will be staged twice daily at 10:30 am and 1:30 pm (cancellation in case of rain).
© Tokyo Metropolitan Park Association
At the garden’s photo spot set up in the theme of New Year, snap selfies wearing a traditional jacket “happi” and holding a Japanese lantern in your hand (to be closed if it rains).
When you take a pleasant stroll through the garden, stop by Fukiage-chaya tea house. There you may like to try a cup of amazake (300 yen), a traditional winter drink made from fermented rice, while having a nice view of the landscape. A matcha tea set with a Japanese sweet (510 yen) is also available.
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