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A wet afternoon at Kyodo-no-Mori

Recently I visited an old friend who I hadn’t seen for a number of years in Fuchu, which is in western Tokyo.  After lunch, they suggested I might be interested in a place called Kyodo-no-Mori. Kyodo-no-Mori is rather similar to the Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum and the Japan Open Air Folk House Museum, but more emphasis on flowers than buildings.  It sounded good, so even with a lot of rain clouds in the sky, we decided to have a look.

Of course, upon entering the park the rain came down quite hard.  However, I didn’t want to go somewhere and not take a few pictures, so we broke out the umbrellas and took a quick stroll.  It seemed like a nice place, with some buildings there of historical importance that had been nicely preserved. The main reason for going there would be to see the flowers though, in this case hydrangeas.  But as it was the end of the season, many of them had already started to wilt in the summer heat.

It would be a great place to visit on a fine day.  As well as the hydrangeas, Kyodo-no-Mori has cherry blossoms, plum blossoms and a few other varieties of flowers as well.  Every season has something to please the eye. There is also a planetarium which is quite interesting from what I’ve heard.

Once again, I’m rather sorry for the pictures in this article, as everything was rather hastily taken pictures taken while literally ran around in the rain.  I’m looking forward to going back again on a nice day, when some flowers are in bloom again!

You can see Kyo-no-Mori’s website here.