Bustling Tokyo: Home to beautiful gardens and Pokémon

Pokémon is still a big attraction in Japan.

The older generation might not really understand Pokémon, except that the characters seem to spend a lot of time battling and evolving.

Still, judging by the crowd at the Pokémon Centre in Shiodome Shibarikyu Building in Tokyo, Pokémon seems to remain very popular in Japan.

But if you thought the Pokémon Centre might be some kind of theme park, you’re wrong. It’s really just a shop selling stacks of plastic and plush toys and other Pokémon collectables.

Hamarikyu Garden has been a public park since 1946.

The Hamarikyu Garden on the other hand, is a very attractive park located across the road from the Shiodome.

The very first stone-built western style building in Japan once stood here in the early Meiji era. It was used to entertain visiting foreign guests, among them General Ulysses S Grant.

This building once stood at the Hamarikyu Garden but was demolished in 1889..

This building was demolished in 1889 and its replacement was reduced to ashes in the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923. The garden was further damaged by bombing during World War II.

Hamarikyu Garden looks resplendent all year round.

Hamarikyu has been a public park since 1946. Today it is overlooked by towering glass office blocks but it serves as a momentary escape from the hustle and bustle of modern Tokyo.

In traditional Japanese fashion it is planted to look splendid all year round with maples and gingkos providing autumn foliage, and cherry and plum blossoms to give colour in the spring.

Young ladies showing off their summer kimonos while strolling in Hamarikyu Garden.

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