| "One Evening in Senzokuike Park" - by Lyle (Hiroshi) Saxon, Images Through Glass, Tokyo
Senzokuike (Senzoku Pond) Park is one of those places that occupy a tiny area of the city, and yet (in certain spots of the park), provide an atmosphere seemingly far removed from the city.
The pond has carp and (outside of the coldest months of the winter) ducks. By a restaurant overlooking the pond, there is a place that has paddle-boats (pedal-driven small boats with claustrophobia-generating roofs blocking out the sky) for rent. It used to be that places renting paddle-boats also rented regular rowboats, but more and more, it seems like the horrible little paddle-boats are the only thing being rented.
Open water, open sky... these are not to be taken for granted in a mega-city like Tokyo! If you haven't experienced the "joys" of mega-city life, you probably can't imagine what a wonderful and fantastic thing a scene like this is. Like a glass of water to a person nearly dead from thirst in the desert....
Copyright 2008 by Lyle (Hiroshi) Saxon, Images Through Glass, Tokyo