Tokyo, Japan

Photo Diary: Imperial Palace

May 23, 2016

Have you ever seen the Queen of England or perhaps President Obama? When it happens, it's always a once in a lifetime experience to see someone of this status. In Japan, you can live this experience on 2 different celebrated occasions.The first one happens on the Emperor's birthday, December
23rd. Each year, the palace opens its gates to allow in hundreds of thousands of people to get a look at the royal family. The second time you get this rare chance is each year on January 2nd, the day after New Year’s Day. On this special occasion, you will witness the family again enter the Chouwaden Reception Hall, alongside thousands of others waving Japanese flags and chanting for the Emperor.
It's always been a pleasure to visit Japan and every time I do, I've made sure to squeeze time to walk around the beloved gardens of the Imperial Palace. It is perfectly situated at the heart of Tokyo. So if  you just want to simply unwind from the hustle of city life, this is the perfect place to do it. 

Though just take note that since the imperial Palace is such a beautiful and historical monument, it sometimes may be crowded during the busy tourist seasons, but on weekends the streets around the area are closed to vehicles leaving enough space for everyone to enjoy.
Finding a suitable jogging path in a crowded city can sometimes be a bit of a challenge. Fortunately Tokyo, despite its reputation for being a concrete jungle, hosts a variety of beautiful green spaces and convenient trails for runners. The track is marked well for joggers as they make their way around the 5.5 km loop, so it’s easy for more serious runners to track their distance and time. Also for the convenience of most runners there are Sentos (public bath) located around the palace for them to leave their belongings and freshen up later.
And ofcourse the blogger in me didn't just want to jog around it so what else would I end up doing besides taking shots for a perfect OOTD backdrop. But in my defense I did stroll around long enough to admire its beauty. 
Probably out of all the places I've been to, Japan would top the "I just wanna fly there for no reason" list. It's not that I'm biased to it since I'm part Japanese. Well for me there are places that no matter how many times you've been there it will always feel like the first time. I guess what I'm really trying to say is that we travel to slow down, get taken in, and fall in love once more. 

Photos by: Rea Vicencio

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