For some reason I was always having to look back to find the better half's....of course they were probably finding cool things to see and talk about....
Here is the ramparts and structure for what used to be the tallest structure in Japan. It burned down after only being up for a decade or two...and was never rebuilt. This happened a few hundred years ago....go figure. Maybe it was a bad luck spot...
This is a shot from the top of the battlements, looking down at one of the many gates leading to the downtown tokyo area.
As you panned around, past the large Imperial Grounds were skyscrappers...all around. It made you feel like you were in a valley between steel and glass...which I guess we were!
Here is a shot of the bottom of the foundations for the tower. Considering the stonework is 3 or 4 hundred years old, it's in good shape, and was done very skillfully!
Here is another shot of one of the moats and walls on the other side of the imperial grounds...
Work is being done to help renovate the Imperial Grounds. The white stones in the walls are replacement stones to ensure that the walls are strong and survive another 500 years.
Rob thought that the sign for this tree was pretty funny...and he is right!
Palm trees in Tokyo....I had to get a shot of that...
Here is the Imperial Grounds Tea House. It is in one of the most beautiful areas of the grounds in my opinion.
Sadly you can't get too close to the building, but perhaps it is because it would be damaged, or because it is so old.
Here is another shot of it from the front.
Just past the Tea House is this pond. It has alot of Maple trees which were turning color.
I took a couple of high resolution photos of this area. I think it will make some good computer wall paper...
Or even a regular photo....
The reflections and colors are really beautiful. Photos just don't do it justice.