A River Journey from Asakusa to Hamarikyu Gardens

I am taking a tourist ferry departing from Asakusa and travelling down the river. It is a sunny day and I like getting some sea air. But it is not a sea but a river, Sumida River which connects the two sides of Tokyo through many bridges. The silhouette of the city is composed by skyscrapers. Tokyo may not have a geography or city silhouette you would admire looking up like Istanbul or Rio de Janeiro, but the things which may pique your curiosity are the details; the shops you enter, its...

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Hamarikyu bahçeleri

Bu noktada vapurdan inip Ginza semtine geçmeden bahçeleri geziyorum. Hamarikyu bahçeleri, 17. yüzyılda yaşamış shogun ve ailesinin özel mülkiyeti iken bugün halka açılmış. Devasa Tokyo şehrinde bir nefes alma noktası, içindeki gölün üzerinde bir çay evi var, ayakkabılarınızı çıkarıp giriyorsunuz, fosforlu yeşil maça çayı seramik kaplarda önünüze geliyor, gölün üzerindeki ördekleri seyretmeye başlıyorsunuz, bir çay daha. Maça çayının bu kadar kafein içerdiğini bilmediğimden arka arkaya içtiğim...

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Hamarikyu Gardens

I am getting off the ferry at this spot and walking at Hamarikyu Gardens. Originally the private residence of the Shogun and his family in the 17th century, the Hamarikyu Gardens are today open to the public. It is a green spot for some fresh air in the massive city of Tokyo. There is a tea house over its lake: you enter taking off your shoes, they serve you fluorescent green macha tea in ceramic cups and you start watching the ducks on the lake, ordering one more cup of tea. The several cups...

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