Lighting of autumn foliage
18 November – 6 December 2017
Rikugi-en, located in a quiet residential area of Komagome, is a “daimyo (feudal lord) garden” dating from the Edo period. It was created in the end of the 17th century by Yoshiyasu Yanagisawa, a daimyo and advisor favoured by the fifth Tokugawa shogun Tsunayoshi.
The garden was landscaped to represent the universe of the traditional Japanese poetry (“waka”), with its pond, hills and paths, plants and trees. Significantly, Rikugi-en maintains the characteristics of the original landscape (if trees have grown so much that it might look like a jungle to the creator should he ever time travel to today…).
In autumn, the Rikugi-en Garden is even more picturesque, as the leaf colours change into shades of yellow, gold, orange and red. It is very pleasant to take a walk in the fresh air, or have a bowl of matcha tea at one of the teahouses while taking in the panoramic view of the garden.
In the evening, when the trees are lit up, the flamboyant colours of leaves sparkle, reflected in the pond.
Photos courtesy of Tokyo Metropolitan Park Association
During the event, the opening hours will be extended until 9 pm. The gate of Somei, near Komagome station, will be specially opened to facilitate public access.
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