Peonies As Big As Dinner Plates!

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If you could smell these right now, you’d be in heaven. Nishiarai Daishi Temple, Tokyo

Not to be outdone by the cherry blossoms, azaleas and wisteria, the peonies of Tokyo come into their glory in May and June! First the big boys, like these at the Hama-Rikyu Garden, then the lovely fragrant ones at Nishiarai Daishi Temple.

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Hama-Rikyu Garden, Hamamatsucho

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Hama-Rikyu Garden, Hamamatsucho

Hama-Rikyu Garden, Hamamatsucho

Hama-Rikyu Garden, Hamamatsucho

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Hama-Rikyu Garden, Hamamatsucho

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Hama-Rikyu Garden, Hamamatsucho

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Hama-Rikyu Garden, Hamamatsucho

Blooming plants get their own parasols at Nishiaria Daishi Temple.

Blooming plants get their own parasols at Nishiarai Daishi Temple.

If you’d like to visit the Hama-Rikyu Teien garden or Nishiarai Daishi temple or any of the beautiful gardens in Tokyo, directions & maps are on my website, The Tokyo Guide I Wish I’d Had.

If you can’t be in Tokyo to ogle the peonies, read a novel set in Tokyo instead

“A genuinely gripping crime thriller which wrong-foots and perplexes the reader throughout, drawing us in emotionally . . . Highly recommended.” Raven Crime Reads

For nine years, Tokyo Detective Kenji Nakamura thought his mother’s death was an accident. Then he gets a call, and his life begins to unravel. Because if it wasn’t an accident…what was it? Read more