One of the best things about autumn in Japan is not only the abundance of, but the appreciation for, koyo (紅葉 or autumn leaves). And one of the great things about Suginami-ku is the abundance of parks. This, of course, means one can enjoy koyo without leaving the city — or maybe even the neighbourhood.
Just a few meters across the Ogikubo-Asagaya border is Otaguro Park, a beautifully landscaped park that was once the home of classical music composer and critic Motoo Otaguro. Credited with having introduced the music of Debussy and Stravinsky to Japan, he was also known for his NHK TV show “Hanashi-no-izumi”.
When he died in 1979, Otaguro bequeathed his 9,000 square metre property of stone walkways through ginko and zelkova trees, a large pond full of colourful koi (Japanese carp), a tea house, and his residence (with his favorite Steinway piano inside) to the city of Suginami.
From today (November 30th) until December 6th they are having their annual “Koyo Light Up“, when they shine spotlights upon the autumn leaves, throwing reflections on the small creek and pond.
The park is usually open from 9:00am to 5:00pm but is open late this week for the Koyo Light Up.
Tel: (03) 3398-5814
Nov 30 – Dec 4:
Sundown to 20:00 (21:00 Sat/Sun)
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