If you find a place in a residential area of Tokyo that is thickly covered with trees, it is almost always a Shinto shrine or a Buddhist temple. That's how few residential areas in Tokyo are covered with trees. According to the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism's "Current Status of Parks in Other Countries" (2012), the per capita area of parks in Tokyo is only 5.8 square meters, compared to 26.9 square meters in London, 18.6 square meters in New York, and 11.6 square meters in Paris. In fact, however, the actual park area per capita in Tokyo is probably a bit higher. This survey only compares the area of parks, but I feel that many shrines and temples in Tokyo function like parks. They are planted with trees and anyone can go inside and walk around. I think this could be considered a kind of park already.
The overgrown area I found in Komagome was also a Shinto shrine called Komagome Fuji Jinja Shrine. There was a steep staircase at the end of the path, and the shrine was built on top of a mountain that looked like Mount Fuji. Mount Fuji might be seen from this place, but now I couldn't see anything. I had no choice but to look towards the foot of the mountain and saw a figure crossing the path.
|Jul 2021 IN THE CITY TOKYO|
|APPROACH FIGURE KOMAGOME SHRINE|
July 4, 2021
SONY ALPHA 7R II
ZEISS BATIS 2/40 CF