It’s been already a few month since we traveled to Taiwan but I still think back on this trip often. There were so many moments where we simply got lucky – like with this photo of the popular Ximen rainbow crosswalk which usually attracts way too many other tourists to get a good picture of. We accidentally walked past it on our way to another sight and found it almost deserted. The taxi that is turning right in the background parked on the crosswalk only moments before and drove off as we wanted to take a photo.
Tokyo, 11th May, 2019
We truly experienced the seamless blend of nature and city in Tokyo when visiting the Hamarikyu Garden. Located close to the Tokyo bay and in walking distance from the Tsujki Fish Market this urban park is a peaceful oasis for a short walk in nature. The artfully designed park has a pond and tea house at the center and a pleasant garden with landscaped trees and bushes. Small pine trees line the subtly fenced path, small bridges cross the little streams running through the park and all roads seam to lead to the pond in the middle where a tea house invites guests to have a cup of matcha and a traditional Japanese rice flour pastry.
Matcha and Japanese rice flour pastries are served as traditional local refreshments in the tea house in the middle of the pond.
Urban oasis – the landscaped garden is situated among high rises yet maintains a calm Zen atmosphere.
The pond draws its water from the Tokyo bay.
Landscaped pine trees provide shade and give the park a royal touch.
At the entrance of the park you can find an ink station to stamp your postcards.
Subtly fenced gravel paths lined with magnificent trees and bushes lead visitors through the park.