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Trip to Japan
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I just returned from Japan, where I was visiting gardens, and of course saw Takizawa Kabuki. For the latter, go read Nyanco's report on the Words of Love forum, I will not repeat the same things. Suffice to say I thought it was a truly wonderful show. Really quite different from Enbujou. Not just the second part, where Masakado replaced Yoshitsune, but also the first part, where much was changed.

In Tokyo, I went to visit the old area of Kagurazaka
, which is rather picturesque.

House entrance

I also saw the beautiful park of Rikugi-en

A pond at Rikugi-en

Then I went on to Kanazawa.

Here I started by visiting a friend's house and her pretty garden.

We went on to see the old samurai quarter

A corner of a samurai's garden

Koi in the pond

Then we went on to the castle. It was largely destroyed by fire, but parts have survived and were recently renovated.

Maeda Toshiie's shrine.

A view inside the walls.

But, nearby, the pride of Kanazawa is Koraku-en, a truly magnificent park. I will post photos from it tomorrow.

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Clicked my way through your gallery ^^;;;
Gardens in Japan are always sooooo lovely *.*

Yes, those gardens are special. I keep discovering new ones...

It looks like you had a beautiful trip! The gardens are so lovely and tranquil...

Actually, I really loved ur castle pic & samurai quarter pic a lot...sugeeee~ O.O Wow, I've never been able to see a samurai quarters b4. I guess our tour to Japan didn't include that in. lol We'd been to many many castles & shrines, but not a samurai place. COOL!

Wow...sakura is still blooming yet over there? I'm amazed, I guess. Thought it only ran all of March. Maybe I was wrong and it's March/April. ^_^ So kireii...I just looove sakuras!

ohhhh Toshiie Maeda's shrine! Reminded me back when I watched w/my husb. Toshiie & Matsu taiga...sugeeee!!!! You're so lucky you got to see this place. That drama was one of our favorites. XDD

Love Koi gardens too. My father wanted to always put a koi pond in back of our house in the patio but, never got around to building one all through the years I've lived w/them in Hawaii. I wished he did install one. Would've looked real pretty and make my parent's home more valuable in the long-run, financially, building equity on it w/their land. XDD

Did you actually go to see this butai w/Nyanco or something? I know u don't want to re-iterrate what she's posted w/her Stage report on the Takki-forum...totally understand. Just curious; that's all.

Did you go by yourself to see this or...?

I went by myself on a different day. Couldn't make times coincide.

Wished u could respond back to me more, but maybe u'd feel better in a pmsg to me instead? Feel free to pmsg me. XDD I'd love to hear ur thoughts to mine here.

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