Lighting of autumn leaves
23 November – 2 December 2018
Otakuguo Park, with its graceful Japanese garden, will be lit up for the autumn colour season 2018. It is located in western Tokyo, near Ogikubo Station, a few stops away from Shinjuku Station on the JR Chuo Line and Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line.
Otaguro koen is a stroll 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 became a renowned music critic, who contributed, above all, to the dissemination of Western music in Japan.
Visitors enter the estate through the Japanese-style gate made of cypress wood, topped with a gable roof. The immediate approach to the inner garden is tastefully cobbled with white granite and lined with ginkgo trees of over 100 years old.
A Western-style house built in 1951 in the park used to be the atelier of Motoo Otaguro, where the memorabilia of the music critic are now on display.
Lighting of Otaguro Park 2018
The inner garden is a Japanese stroll garden landscaped with a pond, streams, trees and rocks. The Japanese tea house and the rest area in the administrative building allow visitors to take in the wonderful view of the garden.
In autumn, old red pines, Japanese oak and Zelkova trees turn red and gold, which are reflected beautifully on the surface of the pond and the streams. At this time of the year, the foliage will be nicely lit up, with extended hours.
A visit to the garden will be even more enjoyable on the weekends during the autumn leaves event. Matcha tea and wagashi or traditional tea sweets will be served (fees extra) at the tea house and live koto music will be performed to highlight the beauty of the garden.
Otaguro Park (photo courtesy: Suginami City, Tokyo)
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