Tokyo | Gardens & Sakura

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Kiyosumi Gardens, my first sight entering

I remember one day I was planning to start my day with a certain museum that had nothing else to do in the area except that. I took the metro and after a long time (it was far from my hotel) I got off it and saw a sign that the museum was closed for 4 days including that day!! I was so disappointed and frustrated!! So I turned to go back when I saw another sign that pointed to some gardens…and I though “oh what the hell, I am here…” and I went to the Kiyosumi Gardens. And I was so amazed!!! I though I was dreaming or something, it was like an oasis. Until then I hadn’t been in any Japanese garden like these, only at the parks as Yoyogi etc. and had no idea that these small paradises exist!!

I wandered there quite a time, I walked the circular path around the pond, saw the huge fishes and the ducks, I was trying to capture a crane that was standing but didn’t make it, I found myself in a glade with a plum tree or something like this with purple flowers and some cherry blossoms at their bloom beginning, I stalked a kid chasing some pigeons, admired the nature that was so carefully cared.

In Japanese landscape gardens, every tree, bush or rock is there by a plan, so that the whole picture is ideal and the visitor will feel calm and peaceful and amazed by the beauty. Especially in the Kiyosymi gardens the many stones are a highlight, as they’re highly sought after and valuable and some of them are even famous!

So, imagine that in every turn or seating place or path you see something different and you walk through different kind of paths. Also, as you walk around a large pond, you see every time another aspect of the place.

In general I went at 3-4 Japanese gardens, I liked to go in the morning with a cup of coffee and my favorite cinnamon roll and beginning my day in zen spirit! I even got a book with me to read but I was strolling around so many hours at the end-there are so many spots to see!- that never had the time to open it.
The other garden I liked a lot was the Koishikawa Korakuen Gardens which is one of the oldest and best gardens in Tokyo. It was named Korakuen after a poem encouraging a ruler to enjoy pleasure only after achieving happiness for his people. It has the circuit style as also, with ponds and manmade hills centering on the pond and combines the Japanese and Chinese landscapes resulting to a really scenic beauty!

There are so many things to see there, feel like you are in a forest walking to dark paths under high trees, near small rivers even a small waterfall, climbing and find some old shrines or ruins of them, bridges etc. and of course admire the first cherry tree blossoms when I went.

If you like nature and all these trees, plants and flowers depending on the season then Japanese landscape gardens are a perfect place to be! I don’t know if it’s something I would recommend to anyone but if you are like my I surely do! I loved them!

And of course some sakura photos couldn’t be missing from this post! They are something extraordinary to look at! It’s not unjustly considered the super spring highlight of Japan, for all over the world. And in popular places they are full of Japanese people photographing them, trying to capture the perfect flower bud! I really love the photo with the cat resting on the branch 😉 Unfortunately I wasn’t there but G. sent it to me from Nakameguro afterwards where it must have been magical!

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Have you felt the happiness of spring and the calmness of nature or is it just me that remembered the feeling?..

Check out the other posts about my trip to Tokyo here, here and here!

Patios to relax listening opera arias

Well, not exactly, these are just some places I’d prefer to be this morning! Today I wake up with the melody of this song:

“Summertime” by Maria Callas

In fact it was yesterday afternoon that I was driving in the highway, the sky was magnificent with a beautiful sunset and suddenly the radio put this song…I felt like I was in a movie scene! Amazing moment… So, that’s why I wanted to hear it again today and from that moment I’m listening to opera arias with Maria Callas, I’m totally in the mood for a beautiful patio spending holiday time! That’s why I found the cutest gardens, balconys etc that inspired me, to share them with you! Have a beautiful morning!

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beautiful view in this outdoor sofa-bed. Via Casa tres chic

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Rooftop Garden. I love these tropicalia armchairs!!! via pinterest, source unknown

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Modern Colonial home in Merida. via pinterest, source unknown

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Beautiful calming porch via onekinddesign

Weekend!

yellow butterflyGood morning and happy weekend! In Greece this Monday is a national holiday so most of us we have a 3day holiday! Unfortunately I won’t enjoy it because I’ll have to work all of it for a new project I got. In fact I was happy that I’d have one day plus free for working at home where I can more productive. Is this serious? Probably…I used to think like that at school, very nerdy of me! Also, the weather in Athens last days is crazy, it’s very cold and cloudy, it helps me to concentrate.

I can always daydreem though that the sun is shinning outside, I’m in a pretty garden lying in a butterfly chair like the photo! I really hope you’ll do something like that this weekend! And if you want to be creative my blue flamingo found for you the cuttest DIY project: Clay cactus garden!! I love it!! See here for more.

clay cactusPhoto source of the dreamy garden above via est magazine

The great outdoors | Water

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As I have promised in the previous post about outdoor spaces here, another one would follow with the water element as a protagonist. Well, here we are, some great yards and gardens are here to impress you! I’m sure you will imagine yourself in everyone of them, relaxing under the shade, even with a cocktail in the hand!
In most of the caption links you will find the rest of the house which is also amazing.

Monteverdi. A fabulous house too, Tuscany

Monteverdi. A fabulous house too, Tuscany

Exotic relaxing space in Maison Palmeraie, Marocco

Exotic relaxing space in Maison Palmeraie, Marocco

Fabulous outdoor space - from my archive

Fabulous outdoor space – from my archive

Dipping pool with cacti garden - Philip Dixon House, California

Dipping pool with cacti garden – Philip Dixon House, California

Great spot great chairs - from my archive

Great spot great chairs – from my archive

Sandur Chair by Mark Gabbertas for Oasiq

Sandur Chair by Mark Gabbertas for Oasiq

Tranquillity in a mexican yard - from my archive

Tranquillity in a mexican yard – from my archive

When the chairs make the difference - From my archive

When the chairs make the difference – From my archive

Why not a bed by the pool? - from my archive

Why not a bed by the pool? – from my archive

The great outdoors

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Now that the weather has sweetened and we start sitting outside I thought that this is the time to drive you crazy with some photos! I’m sure you will love these outdoors spaces, as I loved them too. As you can see in the most photos, the key element is – of course – plants. Trees, bushes, flowers, cacti, everything! The other thing is that usually, you don’t need much to make a gorgeous patio, some nice cushions, furniture and keep it simple. Of course, if you have the divine space under a big tree you are super lucky. Enjoy!

Traditional patio - pebble floor

Traditional patio – pebble floor

Traditional patio - fabrics that give all the style

Ibiza style garden house – fabrics that give all the style

Traditional patio - under the shade of reeds

Traditional patio – under the shade of reeds

Under the tree - deck

Under the tree – deck

Simple things. Nice idea for water element if you don't have the space

John Rocha’s house. Nice idea for water element if you don’t have the space

Cacti and butterfly chairs

Cacti and butterfly chairs

Cacti in the perimeter - love them

Cacti in the perimeter – love them. Anagrama, Montero

Minimal style - nice color combination

Finn Outdoor Collection by Norm Architects

Francis Brodi House, with Henry Matisse ceramic mural. Los Angeles

graphic pattern in the floor. Love the tranquillity here

Graphic pattern in the floor. Love the tranquillity here – Los Angeles

Pops of colours - swings!

Pops of colours – swings! by Paola Lenti

Pops of colors - floor cushions

Pops of colors – floor cushions. By Paola Lenti