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Cherry Blossom in Tokyo

Audley client, Eleanor Coker, describes her trip to Tokyo

Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden in Tokyo

Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden in Tokyo

This was taken in Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden in Tokyo during the late morning of 7 April 2009.

It's a view of the Taiwan Pavilion (Kyu-Goryo-Tei) which is part of the Japanese traditional garden. Although in the centre of the city hustle and bustle, the garden is an oasis of calm and large enough to absorb the huge numbers of visitors during sakura season - it is my husband's favorite place in Tokyo.

It is a real pleasure to be amongst the Japanese enjoying themselves, with many picnic parties on the ubiquitous blue tarpaulins, shoes removed and neatly to one side of course. We had a very good view of the blossom in 2008, but I do not believe that the 2009 display could be bettered.

By Eleanor Coker who has traveled to Japan three times with Audley.

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