Pleasure boat in Kitanomaru Park


Petals are fluttering in the air. The rowboat floating in the pond with a couple of lover seems to escape the framing. As for the Hiroshige composition we can just get a glimpse of the lady with the patterned shirt. Across the pond, in the background, cherry blossoms over the ancient walls once part of the Edo Castle.


Kitanomaru park opened in 1969 as a latest National Garden. It is situated on the north side of the Imperial Palace, and this is where once stood the northern walled enclosure of Edo Castle, hence the name. The park has a grassed area, a pond, a variety of deciduous trees and an evergreen forest dating from prewar times. Many people visit in spring, when cherry trees bloom at the surrounding landmarks and in autumn when the leaves turn red beautifully.