Japan, Travel

Irises and Eight Bridges

In a great way Tokyo was quite exhausting, we had forgotten just how much energy you need to spend time there. While our last post showed the crowds of people; this shows our attempt to escape those crowds. The Nezu Museum in Aoyama has is held within a massive, beautiful garden right in the heart of the city. We had never been before but thought it would be a welcome break from the masses but to our amazement, it was just as packed as everywhere else.

Two famous sets of golden folding screens were on display for the first time in hundreds of years. Irises and Eight Bridges were reunited to coincide with the blossoming of real purple irises in the lakes of the garden so as a result, thousands of people were in the museum and gardens trying to get a glimpse of the irises outside, then the painted masterpieces by Ogata Kōrin inside (see the screens below).

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Irises 1

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14 thoughts on “Irises and Eight Bridges

  1. I’ve always wanted to go to the museum but never quite made it. It’s close to Blue Note Tokyo where I frequent (like on the same block) and is a walking distance from my office. Things you never do when it’s right in your backyard. Beautifully captured including the swarming people!

  2. Your photos of the garden are just amazing! I was so disappointed last year when they cancelled the exhibit, but understood why, so it was wonderful to finally have the screens together.

  3. I’m desperate to go to Japan when the cherries are in blossom (as with irises, another flower that is very popular in England AND Japan 🙂 Congratulations to you both on the Freshly Pressed; beautiful photography.

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