Imperial Palace East Garden, Chiyoda

The East Gardens of the Imperial Palace

The eastern gate of the Imperial Palace that leads into the east gardens and to the Edo Castle Ruin, Chiyoda.
Text & Photo © JE Nilsson, CM Cordeiro, Sweden 2015

The East Gardens of the Imperial Palace

Watari-yagura-no-Shachi of the old Ote-mon gate. This stylised dolphin in the 1600s was used as a roof finial of the watari-yagura, a building used for storage and defines of the old Ote-mon gate that was damaged in World War II, April 1945. It is today believed to be a symbol of protection from fire damage to the premises.

The East Gardens of the Imperial Palace

Not one for the faint of heart. A vertiginous job of bonsai pruning at the east gardens of the Imperial Palace.

The East Gardens of the Imperial Palace

Bonsai began as an activity taken on by social elites in Japanese society. One main attraction for bonsai was the philosophy of being able to have an entire plant reflect the structure of the universe in a single pot. In this case, this garden could well reflect Hugh Everett’s concept of multiple universes in its limited scope of land. Something to ponder no end.

The East Gardens of the Imperial Palace

Matter Antimatter.

The East Gardens of the Imperial Palace

The East Gardens of the Imperial Palace

One of my favourite scenes in this garden – the longfin / butterfly carp or the Dragon Carp. Donned in beautiful dress-tails, they are bred ornamental. Still, they were just as curious about the visitors they had, as visitors were about them.

The East Gardens of the Imperial Palace

The East Gardens of the Imperial Palace

Uchibori-dori runs the innermost circular road around the Imperial Palace. This 5 km stretch is also called the circular no. 1 line road. Situated at the core of Tokyo, this road will take you on a sightsee of the city’s most prominent buildings surrounidng the Imperial Palace.

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