New Year celebration at Hama-rikyu Garden
2 -3 January 2018
Hama-rikyu is a splendid Japanese-style garden dating back to the Edo period, 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, offers a moment of tranquility and a space to feel the sea breeze from Tokyo Bay.
The annual New Year’s celebration will take place with events highlighting the traditions.
© Tokyo Metropolitan Park Association
◆New Year’s flight of the falcon
The site on which Hama-rikyu Garden is located today was once a falconry field belonging to the Tokugawa shogun in the 18th and 19th centuries. To celebrate New Year, the age-old art of falconry will be demonstrated. Watch the falcon make beautiful descents from the rooftop of a neighbouring building at 11 am and 2 pm (cancellation in case of rain).
Before or following the falconry demonstration, the art of Aikido will also be showcased.
◆Zoni soup from the Edo period
To further experience the historical continuity from the Edo period, how about tasting a bowl of delicious “zoni” soup, a typical Japanese New Year’s dish? The preparation is according to the 18th-century recipe from the kitchen of the eleventh Tokugawa Shogun Ienari (food and drink fees extra).
◆In the mood of New Year
To continue New Year’s celebration, Japanese traditional New Year’s games will be available to try for free. For the lovers of the deep-green, frothy drink, a matcha tea set with a Japanese pastry will be served at the garden’s tea house (food and drink fees extra).
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