Celebrate New Year at Rikugi-en
2 -3 January 2017
Like to spend New Year in Tokyo? Perhaps at one of the most beautiful Japanese gardens, set to the tune of traditional festive music (“ohayashi”) and in an auspicious atmosphere highlighted by the dance of the lion (“shishimai”)?
Rikugi-en is one of the daimyo (feudal lord) gardens created during the Edo era in the end of the 17th century. Yoshimasa Yanagisawa, a favourite advisor of the fifth Shogun Tsunayoshi, created the garden to express the universe of the Japanese traditional poetry (“waka”). The garden is today designated as a “National Site of Scenic Beauty”.
Take a pleasant stroll through the garden. Visit one of its tea houses to have a marvelous view of the landscape. There, you could treat yourself with a cup of amazake (a winter drink made from fermented rice) or a bowl of matcha (a matcha set with a “superior” Japanese cake 510 yen; with a “manju” 300 yen).
One more plus. A New-Year-themed photo station set up in the garden is a perfect setting for your social photos. Snap selfies, wearing a traditional jacket “hanten” and a Japanese lantern in your hand!
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