New Year celebration at Hama-rikyu Garden
2 -3 January 2017
Hama-rikyu is a splendid Japanese-style garden dating back to the Edo period. It is the only garden found in Tokyo with a pond of seawater, which flows in and out as the tide ebbs and flows. The garden, partly surrounded by the skyscrapers of Shiodome district today, offers a moment of tranquility and a space to feel the sea breeze from Tokyo Bay.
The site on which Hama-rikyu Garden is located used to be a falconry field attached to the Tokugawa shogunate in the 18th and 19th centuries.
On the occasion of New Year, you can go back in time thanks to the magnificent demonstration of falconry. Watch the falcons make beautiful descents from an adjacent building’s rooftop, at some 213 meters high (the demonstration of descent at 11 am; another without descent at 2 pm).*Falconry demonstration has been cancelled due to the current situation related to highly pathogenic avian influenza.
To further witness the historical continuity from the Edo period in this modern age, how about tasting a delicious “zoni” soup (a typical Japanese New Year’s dish), prepared according to the recipes from the kitchen of the eleventh Shogun Ienari (18th century)?
Also, if you’d like, play traditional New Year’s games, or have matcha tea with a lovely Japanese pastry at one of the garden’s Japanese tea houses.
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