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October 30, 2005

Happo-en Shirogane

Happo-en in Shirogane...what a great place! We went over there today for a coffee and walked around the gardens a bit. It is all still very green as you can see, but a few weeks from now there should be some fantastic colours as the leaves change. Mark it in your calendars. They have a nice restaurant with a terrace that overlooks the garden (well-heated), and it was so quiet and peaceful sitting there. They also had some surprisingly good scones, which was a bonus.

This was my second visit to Happo-en...the first time was last March/April when the cherry blossoms were blooming. It was also very nice then. They certainly know how to show themselves off! Anyway, you have two good reasons for going now.

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And if you do not like trees and the like, there is also big pond, which is full of carp (koi). I think they are supremely ugly fish, but you might like them so here are a few pictures. They seemed to think I would have some food for them. That or they were hoping I would fall in! Scary...

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Posted by Kirk on October 30, 2005 07:12 PM