Weekly Column Kanda This and That 313
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Every time I saw on the TV news lots of people with a comment like “Here are people enjoying the Heisei era’s last hanami (cherry blossom viewing),” I was thinking that I would never want to go to such a crowded place. However, last Sunday, I become one of them, in fact.
My friend took me to “Kitanomaru Park,” which I had never been to. I didn’t know the park is easily accessible from the gate near the city office. First, go up the slope with a beautiful contrast between Shimizu Gate with an Edo Castle remnant and cherry blossoms, and you will see a moat with branches of cherry blossom trees spreading over it. Then, continue to go along the walking path proceeding to the back, you will see a lush lawn and cherry blossoms! There is also a beautiful pond! There were many people enjoying hanami on picnic sheets, but they were not crazy like those in Ueno Park. It was good. After the cherry blossom season, this place should be great for daily walking. I could enjoy viewing cherry blossoms at a great spot. After that, around 4 pm, it was so crowded that I could hardly walk from Kudanshita Station toward Chidorigafuchi Park. I hope the new era Reiwa will be a good one where people can continue to enjoy hanami peacefully.
*The information herein is as of April 2019.