Finally, I got to visit Jingu Gaien Ginkgo Avenue in 2021. I’d hoped to go there earlier in the season. But, as always, there are obstacles in life. The biggest one, as we all know, is making a living. To make ends meet, I’ve had to do a lot of overtime. Anyway, I headed off to see the trees on my day off. With perfect blue skies, I was pretty happy. My mood was going to change, though.
This year, I got there quite early, about 8:30 am. I was hoping to have arrived earlier, but I couldn’t get out of bed after working so much recently. Still, I was there before the avenue was overflowing with people.
Well, I was happy until I got to see the ginkgo trees. I knew it was late in the season, so they were a little past their best. That was okay. As I couldn’t get there the previous week due to work, it couldn’t be helped. Quality-wise, they got a solid score. So, what was the problem?
Some person had decided to cover the area with tape. It looked ridiculous. But I can understand why they did it, or I think I can.
Have you ever been to the avenue in autumn? No? Well, people walk all over the roped-off areas to grab their photos. It can cause havoc. The tape was probably placed to stop them from doing that.
Well, it looked horrible. Photography was limited. I couldn’t shoot across the street for fear of capturing the tape in the frame. At least it was black and yellow, so it color-coordinated with the ginkgo trees. That was something, I guess. But seriously, for Tokyo tourism, it was the worst idea.
Whoever put down the tape didn’t put much effort into coming up with a solution. That was a pity. Maybe next year will be different.
Sorry to have ranted here a little, but I needed to vent. Hopefully, there’ll be no need for me to do it again. Well, no promises about that!
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