Daily Photo: Winter Picnic in Shinjuku Gyoen
January 28, 2009 · Print This Article
I cannot say how many times I have visited Shinjuku Gyoen in 6 years of living in Shinjuku, t least 20. I’ve visited it in all seasons. Obviously the busiest time is hanami (cherry blossom viewing) season and the autumn foliage season. However, my personal favorite time may be in January, when even on a Saturday the park is largely empty and I can wonder about its trees and fields of dead grass unhindered by distractions. I have fond memories of other January visits. One was the last time I saw a friend and co-worker. And now, this final January visit, will also be my last visit ever to the park. It’s my favorite park in all of Tokyo by far and one of the best things about living in Shinjuku (though I wish Shinjuku Ward residents could get in for free).
About the above photo in particular, the couple in the distance were two of only a handful of people enjoying the warm-ish afternoon winter sunshine in the park that day.
KIT USED: Nikon D80 with Nikkor AF ED 80-200m F2.8D lens