Summer break is officially over, and before classes start again my school organised an outing to a park near Tokyo bay. We were very lucky with the weather, as a typhoon hit Tokyo just the night before, but we were blessed with sun for our trip.
While the purpose of the trip was to see the 紅葉 or autumn leaves, it was still a wee bit too early and the leaves had yet to start changing colour. However, the park was still very beautiful and was well worth visiting.
It was a great example of one of my favourite things about Tokyo, the juxtaposition of old and new. The Hamarikyu gardens used to be private gardens and duck hunting grounds for a feudal lord, the Tokugawa shogunate also had a considerable amount of influence over the gardens, before they were handed over to the city of Tokyo, and this past can still be seen the gardens today. Which contrasts starkly with the towering skyscrapers of modern day Tokyo. To the point that it seems like the two have been photoshopped together.