Friday, February 17, 2012

Japan Imperial Palace Moat - Weekend Reflection

This is the view from the small bridge leading into the ancient Imperial Palace. It is an amazing place.  It is only open to the public a couple of weeks a year. We were fortunate to be there during one of them.

Here is the view in the opposite direction. I posted this one about a year ago.

 
For reflections by other photographers go to Weekend Reflections by James.


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55 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

i think i'd like that place!

Nefertiti said...

tres joli,bravo ;o)

Malyss said...

I would have liked to be there with you! I'm fascinated by Japan, and this place is very famous, and so attractive! How lucky you were to be there at right time.

James said...

Great reflections! You sure were fortunate. What an amazing place steeped in history.

#1Nana said...

Lucky you! It wasn't open when I was there. Japan was a cultural eye opener for me. Did you go to the fish market?

Genie -- Paris and Beyond said...

I do not know whether you planned your visit to coincide with the few times each year that it is open, but when you find an unexpected treat it makes up for the times that a museum was closed or a venue was unavailable.

Very nice reflections.

Sylvia K said...

What a fantastic place! And what terrific reflections for the day, Pat! I hope you have a great weekend! Enjoy!

Sylvia

John McElveen said...

Pat--I could stand there for Hours! Thanks Buddy!

J

Laura said...

beautiful reflections!

Brian said...

Beautiful Pat!

Catherine said...

what a lovely sense of perspective in this shot...

Doru said...

Amazing places, gorgeous reflection!
Thank you!

Blue Wave 707 said...

Cool shots! :-)

Ms. A said...

I remember!!! Loved ALL your photos of Japan! (and how darn clean the streets were)

Belle said...

Wonderful photos! I would love to see Japan one day.

Dianne said...

very pretty place
the stone work is wonderful

Dianne said...

Wonderful reflections on perfectly still water ... so serene!

"Adelaide and Beyond"

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Awesome timing that you were there to see it!

Dawn said...

Have always wanted to visit there. Nice reflection.

Scrappy Grams said...

lucky you, to have that trip! and even luckier to get this shot!

Pat Tillett said...

TexWisGirl - I not only like it, I love it!

Nefertiti - Thanks so much!

Malyss - Yes, very lucky! If I was younger, I think maybe, I'd move to Japan...

James - Thanks James! I've been there a few times and I've never thought it to be anything less than amazing.

#1Nana - We were lucky! I went to the fish market many years ago, but this last trip. Maybe next time!

Pat Tillett said...

Genie - Nope, it wasn't planned! At least it wasn't by us. One of my wife's aunts knew about it, so maybe a little bit planned. It was one of the most amazing places I've ever seen though.

Sylvia - It sure was! Thanks Sylvia, same to you.

John - I could have also, of course my wife would be prodding me along.

Laura - thanks so much!

Brian - Thanks Brian!

Pat Tillett said...

Catherine - It was one of those things that you spot and just go wow! I've got to get a photo or ten or it!

Doru - It sure was! Thanks so much.

Blue Wave - Thanks! It's easy, with scenes like that.

Ms. A - Thanks! I was just looking through them the other day, there are a ton that I didn't post. Maybe I will soon...

Belle - Thanks Belle! I hope you do get to see it. It's not something you'd forget. Modern and ancient at the same time.

Pat Tillett said...

Dianne - It sure is! A huge space in the middle of a huge city.

Dianne - Thanks so much! Very serene!

Alex - It sure was. I REALLY need to get back there...

Dawn - I hope you get to go someday!

Scrappy Grams - Thanks! I know, I am very lucky. Not just to go, but to be able to stay with my wife's various family members, when we do go. BTW, LOVE your blog name...

Anthony J. Langford said...

Ah I love some of those canals in China, so cute.. lol.. We went to a town/small city outside of Shanghai I think it was, called the town of canals, or something.. they were actually very small.. we saw some nicer ones in Beijing and other parts.

Nice shots.

Gemma Wiseman said...

Japan seems to have many blends of ancient and modern treasures - often side by side! This looks like a wonderful place to explore, especially considering such scenery is all within the world of a city!

Clarissa Draper said...

I think I've been there when I was younger. Beautiful pics.

Pam said...

Amazing views Pat, thanks for sharing the beauty.
~:)

Living In Williamsburg Virginia said...

Wow, what a great place to be with a camera (or even without). Excellent capture.

Darryl and Ruth :)

Ellie said...

Very picturesque and I love the tree reflections in the 2nd shot.

TS Hendrik said...

I remember you posting about it before and thinking it looked flippin' cool. The pictures are amazing and fantastic shots of reflections.

Nat said...

Nice one Pat :-) Japan is one country I must visit someday....

Sallie (FullTime-Life.com said...

Wow! What serendipity that you arrived at the right time to see this wonder. Beautiful pictures. New to me as a fairly new visitor, but I'm sure everybody would be happy to see it again. Thanks!!!

Warren Zoell said...

The water doesn't look very healthy.

Genie said...

James....These reflections are absolutely gorgeous. I would never have thought you could find such beautiful reflections in a narrow moat. This is one lovely capture. Great shot.

Peter said...

Pat,
Such wonderful photos. I remember going there when I lived in Japan, and I recall it was a wonderful place. Seeing your photos only reminds me of the fantastic time I had over in Tokyo...thank-you.
Peter

Steadfast Ahoy! said...

Reflections in water always make me wonder about reflections in life. What am I reflecting and is it beautiful?
Rosemary

Pat Tillett said...

Anthony - Not a lot of canals in Japan, but some of the rivers have been made to look like them! Thanks!

Gemma - That is exactly what appeals to me about Japan. Even though I don't like the weather there, I'd live there if I could.

Clarissa - Thanks Clarissa! The first time I was there (when pretty young), I didn't take a single photo! What a waste!

Pam - Thanks Pam! Lot's there to share.

D & R - The last couple times I was there, I had 2 cameras with me at all times! I've only posted a fraction of the pics I took there.

Pat Tillett said...

Ellie - Thanks so much Ellie!

Tim - I would give a lot to be standing in that spot right now! thanks tim.

Nat - Thatnks Nat! It's my favorite. If only I spoke Japanese. If I did, I just might be living there...

Sallie - It was good timing! I have a lot of other photos from Japan in earlier posts. Thanks!

Warren - Healthy enough for a fish I'll bet!

Pat Tillett said...

Genie - Thanks Genie! Wherever there is water, there's a chance!

Peter - Thanks so much! It was my pleasure. I'd sure love to go back again. We've been talking about it.

Rosemary - I'm thinking, I'll not be posting any reflections of myself!

Jerry said...

How often do you happen to be in the right place at precisely the right time? And you have the pictures to prove it. Good job.

Sharon Wagner said...

Again, I love the desert art in the last post. So cool.

Sharon Wagner said...

Again, I love the desert art in the last post. So cool.

Tatjana Parkacheva said...

Very nice photos.

Regards and best wishes

EG Wow said...

Very photogenic, even without the reflections!

Japy said...

Nice place. It seems to me a very quite place. Greetings.

Al Penwasser said...

How fortunate for you! I love going to places like that. And sometimes, they'll even invite me back.

Shrinky said...

Goodness me, is there anywhere you HAVEN'T been, Pat?

Pat Tillett said...

Jerry - I guess that's because I loiter around a lot in other people's turf. Thanks so much Jerry!

Sharon - Thanks Sharon! I hope to get back there at least a couple more times in life.

Tatjana - Thanks so much! I appreciate it.

EG Wow - Oh yeah! The most amazing place I've ever seen. They even put art into such mundane things as manhole covers.

Japy - Thanks Japy! Quiet and crazy at the same time. That is Japan...

Al - I know what you mean. I'm traveling on a forged passport even now...

Shrinky - Let's see.... I have been to Lego Land (and don't want to). Just kidding, there are MANY places I haven't seen...

Icy BC said...

These are beautiful view, and the reflection are so awesome.

Leovi said...

Reflected those lovely trees. Greetings.

Wayne (Woody), whatever said...

I think I'd love to visit this place, the reflections are wonderful.

Rek said...

So clear and quite...but I would get bored if I stayed there too long.

Pat Tillett said...

Icy BC - thanks so much! It was just sitting there waiting for me show up!

Leovi - I agree Leovi! They look very nice.

Woody - If you EVER, get a chance to spend some time in Japan, you must do so. It's the most amazing place. Add to that, that the people are friendly, courteous, and totally want you there.

Rek - There is NO WAY, you'd get bored in Japan... Well, maybe if you stood on a particular spot for too long, but there is much too much to see and experience there.

Baby Sister said...

I remember this picture from last year. :) Still as beautiful now as it was then!!