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Emperor's Palace

After lunch, we walked the grounds of the Emperor's Palace (Koukyou in Tokyo. Many of the ancient buildings are no longer here, and have been replaced by gardens.

The gardens themselves encompass a great range of styles, from the carefully manicured formal gardens to meadows and woods evocative of wild growth. One area has specimens of prefectural trees (think "state flowers") from each of the 47 prefectures of Japan.

It rained off and on that day. Constantly getting umbrellas out and putting them away was a nuisance, and (being desert rats) we are not very keen on rain - but the rain did lend a quiet beauty to the gardens.

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