I’ve been to Showa Memorial Park so many times since I moved to Tokyo last year, that I think it’s safe to say it’s my favourite park in Tokyo prefecture. Sorry, Shinjuku Gyoen, you’ve been replaced! Every time I visit Showa Memorial Park, I discover another part of its HUGE grounds! And not only is it a massive park, but each of the five ‘zones’ have different seasonal draw cards. So there really is no bad time to go.
For this visit, I went to Zone E to see the Japanese Garden for the first time. It’s kind of like a cool secret garden, where you have to walk through inconspicuous wooden gates into an area hidden from the outside world. Once you’re in, though, it opens up to a glorious, tranquil lake.
I was not at all expecting such a beautiful spot. The afternoon sun made for some brilliant colours. And the still lake made for some epic reflections! It reminded me of art projects in primary school where you fold a paper in half, put blobs of paint on one side and then fold the other half on top, then open it up to reveal a symmetrical ‘masterpiece’! Those paintings were always a lot of fun, as was trying to capture these lake reflections!