09 December, 2007

Autumn colours in Jingu-Gaien

This weekend, I went to the Jingu-Gaien park to see the ginkgo trees. The line of ginkgo trees in Jingu-Gaien is one of the popular autumn colour spots in Tokyo. Let me introduce the beautiful coloured ginkgos and the symbolic building of this park, Kaiga-kan.

The road was vehicle-free for walkers. There were lots of family groups and amateur photographers who came to enjoy the autumn colors.

The end of the line of ginkgos, you can see the "Kaiga-kan", a kind of art museum.

It was originally established for honoring Meiji Emperor in 1926, 13 years after he pasted away. There are lots of paintings regards to the historical events what Meiji Emperor played a big role.
Actually, I like this beautiful masonry building, but, to tell the truth, I couldn't enjoy those paintings displayed in there. I kind of think they may be valuable not for their artistic value but historical value. Anyway, it's an interesting place for studying modern Japanese history. You know, the reign of Meiji Emperor was a turning point from the Samurai world to the modern Japan.

Other than the "Kaiga-kan", Jingu-Gaien includes many fascilities, such as the National Stadium, Jingu Baseball Stadium/the home-ground of the professional team "Yakult Swallows", baseball grounds for amateur players, Ice skate link, tennis club, futsal courts, etc. They also lend bicycles and offer the free bike riding lesson. Actually, Kana learned riding there when she was in kindergarten.

The closest station: Shinano-machi (JR Chuo line) or Kokuritu-kyogijo (Toei Subway O-Edo line)

Click here to Jump to the Jingu-Gaien homepage.

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Anonymous PhilH said...

These are beautiful pictures - Tokyo can be a really beautiful place. But I have to disagree with your assessment of the museum building. It's like a lot of older western style buildings in Japan - sterotypical, unimaginative, and poorly realized. In short, ugly. IMO. Fortunately, Japanese architects have since realized that they can do better with designs of their own that don't attempt to mimic classical western conventions.

7/1/11 05:25  
Blogger Shige_d said...

Hi PhilH! Ugly,,haha,thank you for the straight comment. You seem to be familiar with Japanese architecture. Which building do you like in Tokyo?

Anyway, thank you very much for having an interest in my blog.

8/1/11 21:48  

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