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Hibiya Park

Ginkgo trees

Ginkgo trees (ichou 銀杏) turn a resplendant bright yellow in autumn.  The ginkgo trees in Hibiya Park are looking rather impressive this week.  (more…)

The min min sound of summer

One of the quintessential Japanese summer sounds is the cicada chorus coming from the greenery of the local park on a hot, humid day.  Ever wondered what the creatures that make that min min sound look like?  I got close enough to a cicada (semi 蝉) to find out that they’re not exactly tiny.  Nor are they the most beautiful of creatures to admire. (more…)

Lunchtime hanami

Plastic sheet out in Hibiya Park, shoes off, eating bento with colleagues, sakura petals raining down on us. (more…)

Canola in Hibiya Park

I’m uploading too many lunchtime photos from Hibiya Park but today the canola is out, providing a yellow contrast to the sakura. (more…)

Hibiya Park sakura

The problem with sakura is that they are too photogenic! (more…)

Hibiya Park lunch

It’s 20 degrees, sunny, and I’m having lunch in the park. This friendly cat just arrived and sat down next to us, probably wants food! (more…)

Spring is coming

This is one of the first plum trees to bloom in Hibiya Park. Unusually warm weather in Tokyo is probably speeding them up this year. It got to 23C on Saturday! (more…)

Hibiya Park Bento

Today’s around 35 degrees, still humid. A great way to spend lunchtime is to buy a bento at the shop behind the office, and head over to Hibiya Park. The cicadas are chirping, a brass band is practising, and I found a tree to sit under in the shade with a breeze. (more…)