It may have been that the temperature was 37 degrees in the shade and that we are in the middle of the Obon holidays, but Zenpukuji Koen in Suginami-ku was largely deserted yesterday, a Saturday afternoon. The location of the headwaters of the Zenpukujigawa (once a river, now a rivulet running in a concrete trench until it empties into the similarly concreted and diminished Kandagawa) the park is relatively difficult to visit: far from a major train station and a terrible riverside bicycle ride from Ogikubo to the park itself.
Pond at Zenpukuji Park
Great Cormorant (Kawa'u - Phalocrocorax carbo)
Great Egret (Daisagi - Egretta alba)
Grey Egret (Aosagi - Ardea cinerea) and Little Egret (Kosagi - Egretta garzetta) in flight
Koi and water lilies
Photo courtesy: MTC