21.08.16

Green and Red

 Tokyo never stops being amazing. The New Otani Hotel Gardens, open to the public, are delightful in summer. Check it out!

 "Hibiki - Japanese Harmony", as they say

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07.12.15

Winter will never come

This year, the red and gold autumn foliage has been slow to quietly invade Tokyo. It is almost mid-December, only two weeks from Christmas and still, it seems that Nature is not ready to sleep. Let us play outside! Let us enjoy the sunshine! shout the falling leaves. And how could you stay at home when strrets and parks look like this?

As if we were ready to sleep...

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04.12.15

Mejiro Teien Secret Garden

If there are fairies in Tokyo, they must live in Mejiro Teien. Imagine a mysterious little garden surrounded by the darkness, with dramatic light-up on the autumn foliage and ghosty reflections in the water. This little gem feels like a different world. You would not be surprised if magical creatures suddenly appeared between the leaves. Ready to cross the border to the land of spirits?

I do believe in fairies, I do

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24.09.15

Shuzenji little paradise

I am not done with Izu's magical places. Shuzenji is a gem for traditional atmospheres' lovers. As the town is a famous hot spring spot, people are walking the streets wearing yukata and old-style fans. Bamboos and red bridges, buddhist temples achieve to make you feel like time-travelling.

Breathtaking beauty

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By the way, what do you eat in Izu after seing all these beautiful stuff ? Seafood, fish and Kawazu made wasabi ice-cream !

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Go and visit the Izu Peninsula, it is a really gorgeous places.

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19.09.15

In the red

If you are brave enough to get off your bed at 5:30 a Saturday morning, leave your place at 6:15, take three trains until Koma station (one hour from Ikebukuro) and arrive at the gate of Kinchakuda park before it opens at 8:30, so you will be rewarded. So you will have the privilege to navigate a breath-taking red spider-lilies sea in the morning glow. So you will enjoy this pure ruby-red bliss with almost no visitors around. Priceless.

Red Paradise

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Manjushage flowers are used to blossom for a short time in September, around 6 or 7 days only, so the experience is as precious as cherry blossom viewing in March-April.

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29.11.14

Dye and die

When you stay for a long time in Japan, you understand why the philosophy of this country can be summarized as "let it die in all its glory". This is a civilization of paper, not stone. Joy, relationship, love, life : let it die in all its glory. Something difficult for a Westerner raised in the thinking of "don't ever let it die, whatever it takes". But when you have seen the fall of sakura in April, and the flaming red leaves in November, so you start to understand. All things die eventually. You can try to stop it but you will fail. Or you could stop trying and contemplate the glorious end of things, too.

New contemplation - at Yoyogi Park

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28.12.13

My favourite things (Red Leitmotiv)

Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens, Bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens, Brown paper packages tied up with strings
These are a few of my favorite things

Cream colored ponies and crisp apple streudels, Doorbells and sleigh bells and schnitzel with noodles, Wild geese that fly with the moon on their wings
These are a few of my favorite things

Girls in white dresses with blue satin sashes, Snowflakes that stay on my nose and eyelashes, Silver white winters that melt into springs
These are a few of my favorite things

When the dog bites, When the bee stings, When I'm feeling sad, I simply remember my favorite things, And then I don't feel so bad!

Mumm champagne for two, pretty cups and bubbles

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Home-made dinner at the light of the candles

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Reindeers figures flying in the night wind , These are a few of my favourite things

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Korean Chorus singing Christmas Carols

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Full orchestra on the stage for the encore

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Pure angel voices moving me to tears, These are a few of my favourite things

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When the dog bites, When the bee stings, When I'm feeling sad, I simply remember my favorite things

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And then I don't feel so bad!

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Blowing red kisses.

Lots of love

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08.02.11

She moves in mysterious ways

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29.11.10

The Reds against the Yellows

The Reds and the Yellows are fighting at Koyama, Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo.
Who wins ?

The Reds ?

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The Yellows ?
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The Reds ?

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The Yellows ?
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The Reds ?

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The Yellows ?
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The Reds ?

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The Yellows ?
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I just can't choose, make your choice.

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