Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Meiji Jingu Gaien Ichou Namiki Matsuri

The family was at the Meiji Jingu Gaien Ichou Namiki Matsuri or Ginkgo Street Festival this past weekend.  I wish we could have stayed longer, but I wasn't in the best physical condition. I am recovering from a lingering bout of pneumonia.

The street leading up to Meiji Jingu Gaien is lined by two rows of ginkgo trees on each side. This is often referred to as Icho Namiki. This year's trees didn't seem to be as full of leaves as last year. Perhaps the trees were trimmed back a little too aggressively in the spring or perhaps the weather was not as favorable in the spring and summer.

Each side of the street has a very festive pedestrian lane.

The flow of pedestrian traffic was often impeded by those stopping to take photos or just stopping to enjoy the golden leaves.

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