“We come from the earth.
We return to the earth.
And in between we garden.”
Hibiya Park, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo © Jojie Alcantara 2015
The stunning and serene Hibiya Park was designed and constructed as the first westernized urban-style park in Japan. It opened to the public in 1903, and celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2003.
As the first and oldest Western style public park, Hibiya Park was once the estate of feudal families in the Edo period under the rule of the Tokugawa shogunate, the last feudal Japanese military government which existed between 1603 and 1867.
It was utilized as a military ground before it was opened to the public as a park. Its central location is a breath of fresh air and stunning greenery, surrounded by landmark attractions such as the East Garden of the Imperial Palace, while merging the traditional and modern as it is also near Tokyo’s busy financial centers of Marunouchi and Ginza’s famous shopping district.
Blooming with flowers, birds, old trees, ponds, and statues, the place is a haven for weary soles who seek comfort and sleep underneath the trees. At first glance, I thought most of those huddled figures were homeless, but realized that most of them were senior citizens out to catch some catnaps in the open breeze, or workers sneaking a break from nearby office work.
Apart from huge trees and varying plants of Ginkgo, Japanese apricot, camphor, buttonball, dogwood, pine, tulip tree, rose, leopard plant and more, it also houses large and small music halls for concerts, and other facilities such as a parade ground, library, museum, tennis courts, playground, restaurants and more.
Me in Hibiya Park, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
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