Saturday, March 28, 2009


Dr. Sagayama took me to the Rikugien Gardens today (Japanese is the title of the post). It is a pretty popular time to visit the gardens right now because the cherry blossoms are in full bloom. In about a week all the flowers will disappear and the Japanese celebrate this time by having cherry blossom parties. I got several cools pics and learned a lot about the link between Japanese gardens and poetry. I even got to take part in a traditional Japanese tea party.

We started out looking at the cherry blossom trees on campus. It's actually really hard to get a good picture since the flowers are so bright.

Even the signs in Tokyo tell where to watch the cherry blossoms.

The main grove in the park is crowded with people. I had to wait a while to get a good shot.

The park reminded me of Central Park in New York. Just beyond the park are skyscrapers.

Dr. Sagayama has been really kind and his students have been great to work with.

This is called "Sleeping Dragon Rock."

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