Cherry Blossoms in Asukayama Park

Asukayama Park is one of the best cherry blossom viewing spots in Tokyo from centuries ago.  It was Shogun Yoshimune in early 18th century who started opening this park to the general public and allowed them to enjoy cherry blossom viewing.  There were Ukiyoe paintings which showed cherry blossoms and people picnicing. The culture of…

Meiji Shrine

Meiji Shrine in Harajuku, Tokyo worships Emperor and Empress Meiji which was constructed after the Emperor died.  It was completed in 1920.  The property was for the residence of samurai clan which was then purchased by the royal family.  Today, this is the shrine which has the largest number of visitors on New Year’s Day…