Imperial Palace East Garden.

January 17, 2015

Garden wanderers.










We were actually here the day before when the palace grounds were open to the general public but we didn’t realise that it was only for a couple of hours. We arrived close to 10.30am and were devastated when we were informed by the guards that the gates would be closed in a matter of minutes. The garden was closed on that day as well and we left pretty disappointed (or rather it was just me) that things already weren’t going to plan*.

Access to the palace grounds is normally done by booking a tour well in advance. But every two days of the year – 2nd January and 23rd December (the Emperor’s birthday) – the grounds are open to the public. We were lucky enough to be there on the 23rd December but i guess unlucky enough that i didn’t do my research well.

We went back the next day to explore the East Garden. This is the only part of the palace grounds that is free and doesn’t require a reservation. There wasn’t much to see, it being winter, and it was pretty cloudy and hazy that day so we were quite sceptical on getting decent shots. But i guess it turned out okay since i have an unexplained love for framing my shots with creeping, naked branches.

Embracing the beauty of a snow-less winter.

* I can be quite the perfectionist when it comes to sticking to an itinerary. I have the tendency to feel like the time and effort i took to research and lay out a particular itinerary is wasted when things don’t go according to plan. I know, call me crazy.

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