We all know that places look different throughout the year. Tonight I decided to compare pictures I took at Ueno in April with those that I took this month.
I am also thinking of the change in seasons as tomorrow is the First Day of Winter.
In April I was in Tokyo when the Cherry Blossoms were blooming.
In the picture above you can see a large cherry tree with beautiful blossoms. If you look just below the tree on the right you will see a small tree with light green buds. Look for it in the next picture.
However, I think that most of you will have no trouble visualizing the same scene. You can now see that the large cherry tree has only a few leaves left and that the small tree is now a blaze of red leaves.
This picture is taken from a bit further away, but you can now tell that the cherry trees have lost their leaves and the leaves of some of the other trees are displaying fall colors. They did a good job of landscaping to show the fall color through the cherry trees.
You can see that the paths still have a lot of people, but they are not as packed as they were during the Cherry Blossom time.
I included this picture as I really like this statue. Hideyo Noguchi was a bacteriologist who is well known for his work with syphilis and other contagious diseases. He was born in Japan but did most of his work in the United States at the Rockefeller Institute of Medical Research.
In both of these pictures you can also see a whale. Do you see it?
I have also been carrying pictures of Dr. Noguchi around with me for the past two weeks. The 1000 yen banknote for Japan has a portrait of Dr. Noguchi.
I hope that you enjoyed this contrast between spring and fall in Ueno.
Now, on to winter!