A Feast Of Autumn Leaves

Showa Kinen Park, November 8, 2017

The season has arrived, and in somewhat strange order this year. The ginkgo trees are full-on gold and already carpeting their surroundings with fallen leaves, but most Japanese maples are still just showing a mere tinge of red.

Here’s what’s happening right now, and here are the best places to see them, with maps.

Showa Kinen Park, November 8, 2017

Showa Kinen Park, November 8, 2017

Showa Kinen Park, November 8, 2017

Showa Kinen Park, November 8, 2017

Jindai Botanical Garden, November 4, 2017

Jindai Botanical Garden, November 4, 2017

Jindai Botanical Garden, November 4, 2017

Shinjuku Gyouen Garden, October 31, 2017

These are actually the advance guard of Japanese maples – the best are yet to come, so there’s plenty of time to get out and see them before the end of November! Here are more pix and maps to these and my other favorite spots in/around Tokyo.

It’s also chrysanthemum season right now, and even if you’re like me and chrysanthemums don’t come close to making the list of flowers you’d hop a train across town to see, you should go see these. You will not be disappointed!

These are at the Yushima Shrine, but there are lots more all over Tokyo until the end of November. Here’s where! (And guess what – some of the spots have both leaves AND flowers, how great is that?)

Although her neck is permanently cricked in the ogling-leaves position, Jonelle Patrick still manages to write novels set in Tokyo

When Detective Kenji Nakamura’s phone rings with the news that his mother’s death wasn’t an accident, his life begins to unravel…read more