Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Tokyo | Ginkgo Avenue (aka Icho Namiki)

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Ginkgo Avenue is probably one of the spots in Tokyo where you will have the autumn scenary of your life. The four rows of ginkgo trees are there since a little more than a century. These gorgeous trees stretch out for 300 meters on both sides of the road and create a certain dose of autumn drama.
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"This leaf from a tree in the East,
Has been given to my garden.
It reveals a certain secret,
Which pleases me and thoughtful people.

Is it a living being,
Which has separated in itself?
Or are these two, who chose
To be recognized as one?

Answering this kind of question,
Haven't I found the proper meaning,
Don't you feel in my songs,
That I'm one and double?"
              --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Ginkgo Biloba
                 September 15, 1815

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