The whole object of travel is not to set foot on foreign land; it is at last to set foot on one’s own country as a foreign land.” – G.K. Chesterton

Tuesday, 20 February 2007

Kanazawa at Night

After our movie and dinner date in the city, we took a nice stroll down Katamachi (the main shopping/business street of Kanazawa) to our ultimate destination of Kenrokuen (reputed to be one of the top three best gardens in Japan). We have visited this garden before, but not at night. It's usually shut at 5pm, but for one week in each season, the garden has a light-up event to showcase its beauty at night. Every winter, the park implements the yukitsuri, which are ropes attached in a conical array to give support to the tree branches and to protect the trees from damage caused by heavy snows (although this winter has been unusually warm and not much snow has fallen).

Thought I'd share a couple of the nightview photos I took (without a tripod - which was quite a challenge). Great photo op in the garden, and there were plenty of photographers (both 'serious' ones with huge chunky cameras, lenses and the lot, and amateur ones like me) in the garden.

Along Katamachi; and in Kenrokuen


  1. I like what's behind door #2. That second pcture is awesome...

  2. Behind door #2? Sumimasen, je ne comprends pas.
    Thanks re: the compliment on the photo. You have no idea how many photos I had to take while standing/crouching in the freezing cold to get one picture like that. Poor Rob. I will definitely be investing in a tripod, maybe next time we go to the city.

  3. Wakarimasen ka? Door #2 = second photo. And tripods kick arse, I got mine for free but having a good one is definitely worth it.