Gentle reader, if you're in the vicinity of Bunkyō, would you be so kind as to allow me to suggest that you should perchance consider the possibility of a visit to a certain institution of higher education situated on Hongō-dori this coming weekend?
Heh. Howzat for English sonkeigo? (Sonkeigo is respectful language.)
This is what the ginkgos at the University of Tokyo looked like this morning. They will remain beyond breathtaking for a few more days, and Saturday promises to be a beautiful sunny day, hence my recommendation. (Alternatively, to express the same idea in Afrikaans: Roer jou gat! Move your butt!)
|The most beautiful tree in all the world. Click on the photos to see bigger versions.|
I owe Cecilia an apology. I told her with great confidence that campus maintenance stops sweeping up the leaves at some stage, so that the paths are covered in a thick yellow carpet. So what happened this morning? They swept up all the leaves. Groan.
|Cecilia, I wasn't lying. This photo was taken at 10-ish.|
|Then the sweeping started ...|
|... and continued ...|
|... and two hours later it looked like this. I was right about the brooms, though, wasn't I?|
The next photo is for Minoru-sensei. I recently wrote a post about Tokyo Station, which was designed by Tatsuno Kingo. Minoru-sensei told me that Tatsuno was a student of Josiah Conder. The latter, who designed (amongst others) the mansion at Kyu-Furukawa Teien, was awarded an honorary doctorate in 1915 by the Tokyo Imperial University, which eventually became Tokyo University. Conder's statue stands on the university's Hongō campus, near the most magnificent tree in all the world.
|Josiah Conder's statue, with the giant ginkgo in the background|
|That's the giant ginkgo in the background.|