Saturday, October 20, 2007

PinkBird's Picture: Reflecting on a Bridge, Tokyo

The lively, hectic, bright, and colorful city of Tokyo surrounds this Palace, though once on the palace grounds, you would never know it. Away from the busy glitz that is Tokyo sits this truly amazing and serene place. The vast area around the the Kōkyo, the Imperial Palace of Japan and home to the Emperor, is tranquil and almost silent—albeit for a few tourists and guards. This beautiful scene is the Nijubashi Bridge at the Palace, it was early in the morning and everything still had a dusting of dawn upon it—the clouds were hidden and the breeze was low-- leaving the trees and water motionless. The peacefulness of the area and of the moment gave us pause to reflect and take a break from the energetic urban wonderland of Tokyo, Japan.