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I had a one night trip to Tokyo to attend the annual meeting of a society I belong.  It was raining for two days.  I took a walk early this morning to the Imperial Palace and adjacent Hibiya Park.  There were few people because it was raining and very early in the Saturday morning.  It was foggy and distant buildings were shrouded.


The Imperial Palace is the main residence of the Emperor of Japan and it is built on the site of the old Edo Castle.  It used to be called 'Emperor's Castle'.


There were no people in the Palace Plaza in front of the Palace.


Very few people took a walk at Hibiya Park close to the Palace.  The parkland used to be the palace area of the feudal load, Matsudaira Bizennokami,up until the end of the Edo period. Then it served as a military drilling ground during the early part of the Meiji period. Later this park was designed and constructed as the first westernized urban-style park in Japan, and opened to the public in 1903.


There is a Japanese style garden with a crane sculpture at the center of the pond.


There are several huge ginkgo trees.


Light bluish purple agapanthus and pure red salvia were beautiful in the rain.


It was a wonderful walk.


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