EARLY SUMMER OF GREEN
The trees are budding and everything is turning green in the early summer months. Even the street in TOKYO is brightened by fresh greenery everywhere.
GEIHINKAN is the State Guest Houses, Japan.Tulip trees seem to watch over the formal diplomatic events held here, whose yellow-green leaves in cute little shapes fill up their branches in the urban treescape,beautifully complementing the emerald-colored rooftop.
2-1-1 Motoakasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo
7-minute walk from JR YOtsuya station or by subway on the Marunouchi Line
Yellow-green leaves in cute little shapes belonging to the tulip tree.
From the Geihinkan to Akasaka-Mitsuke runs Sotobori-Dori, an area perfect for taking early summer walks.The esplanade street is in front of Akasakamitsuke subway station.
Akasaka 3-chome, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Within minutes from Akasaka-Mitsuke subway station on the Marunouchi Line
This street is a shopping area with a beautiful urban treescape
Hibiya Park was established in 1903 as the first western-style park in Japan. It has three fountains—the largest of which is symbolic—and a public hall, music hall, library, and tennis courts for recreation.
Hibiya Park, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
At Hibiya subway station on the Hibiya or Chiyoda Line
In the summer, children shriek with delight as
they frolic around the large fountain spewing tall white columns of water.
The five-kilometer road that wraps around the Imperial Palace is popular with joggers and walkers.
SAKURADAMON(The Imperial Palace)
1-1 Chiyoda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
Takebashi subway station on the Tozai Line
Pale lavender hydrangeas begin to bloom just before the rainy season.
At the Inokashira Park Zoo, you can meet Hanako-san the Elephant. She came from Thailand in the late 1940s.
THE INOGASHIRA PARK ZOO
1-17-6 Gotenyama, Musashino, Tokyo
10-minute walk from Kichijoji Station (JR, Keio Inokashira Line, or Tozai Line)
As the summer draws near, the greens grow thicker at the zoo.
This information was written in July 2015.
paintings copyright ©Rumiko Hotta
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