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I do not know the day
my pain will end yet
in the little garden
I had them plant
seeds of autumn flowers.
– Masaoki Shiki : 正岡 子規

Autumn is such a beautiful season in Tokyo. Crisp mornings regularly give way to perfect sunny days and the city’s verdant parks and gardens are colored with a seasonal palette of reds and ochres. Known as koyo, the seasonal transition is widely anticipated, much like the Spring-time cherry blossom season of hanami.

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13 million people call the city of Tokyo home. The greater Tokyo area has a population of 36.5 million and a good number of these people commute to central Tokyo for work. This is a crowded city. In Tokyo’s central commercial and transport hubs it can all get a bit much sometimes; this despite the relative passivity of the crowds and the infrastructure efficiencies of the city.

Perhaps surprising to visitors, Tokyo has an abundance of outdoor retreats, from the plazas at the base of many corporate towers to the modest temple grounds and tiny recreational squares in the city’s suburban neighborhoods. However, it’s the impressive green zones scattered throughout city’s 23 wards, the expansive parks and gardens that are most impressive.

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