As the name suggests, this park was built on the site of the residence of the Arisugawa family, which was one of the imperial families and has now disappeared. As you walk around the park, you will be impressed by the fact that the imperial family has lived in such a large mansion. There are a pond and a creek running through the park. The park is quite large.
There was a pond in the lower part of the grounds, and the stream flowed into it from a high point. And there was a wooden bridge over the creek. I could see a couple on the bridge. They were standing close together, leaning against the parapet. There was no one else around, and the bridge was a world of solitude for the two of them.
The Arisugawa-no-miya (有栖川宮) was one of the shinnōke, branches of the Imperial Family of Japan which were, until 1947, eligible to succeed to the Chrysanthemum Throne in the event that the main line should die out.
June 18, 2005
Arisugawa Park, Tokyo
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