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Falcon’s flight and New Year 2019 at Hama-rikyu


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  • New Year’s celebration at Hama-rikyu Garden

    2 -3 January 2019
    Hama-rikyu onshi teien

    Hama-rikyu, a splendid Japanese-style garden dating back to the Edo period, will celebrate New Year 2019 with a variety of events highlighting the traditions.

    Hama-rikyu teien

    This spacious garden at Shiodome, just near the former Tsukiji Market, sits on the waterfront of Tokyo Bay. It has a pond of seawater that flows in and out as the tide ebbs and flows. The site on which Hama-rikyu teien (garden) is located was once a falconry field belonging to the Tokugawa shogun in the 18th and 19th centuries.

    Today partly bordered by the skyscrapers of Shiodome, Hama-rikyu offers moments of tranquility, to admire the Japanese landscape with a three-century old pine tree, a tea pavilion (Nakajima-no-ochaya) and a bridge (otsutai-bashi), along with a gentle sea breeze.

    新春の空に鷹が舞う! 浜離宮庭園のお正月
    Hama-rikyu onshi teien with seawater pond “Shioiri-no-ike”, tea pavilliion “Nakajima-no-ochaya” and “Otsutai-bashi” bridge
    Photo courtesy: Tokyo Metropolitan Park Association


    Highlights of New Year’s celebration

    ◆New Year’ s flight of the falcon

    The age-old art of falconry will be demonstrated to celebrate New Year 2019. Watch the falcon make beautiful flights over the garden 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.

    新春の空に鷹が舞う! 浜離宮庭園のお正月
    Photo courtesy: Tokyo Metropolitan Park Association


    ◆Zoni soup from the Edo period

    To further experience the historical continuity from the Edo period, how about tasting a bowl of delicious “zonisoup, 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, cancellation in case of rain).


    ◆In the mood of New Year

    To continue New Year’s celebration, traditional New Year’s games, such as hane-tsuki (a Japanese battledore) and koma-mawashi (games with spinning-tops), will be available to try for free.

    ◆Drinking matcha tea in the garden

    For the lovers of the deep-green, frothy drink, a matcha tea set with a Japanese pastry will be served at the tea pavilion “Nakajima-no-ochaya”, with a superb view of the pond to take in from there (food and drink fees extra).

* The above is the information known at the time of publication and subject to change without prior notice.

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