Aoyama Cemetery

Whenever I head north towards Gaienmae or Shinjuku, I end up walking along side 青山霊園 Aoyama reien (Aoyama cemetery).  The first weekend I was in Tokyo I could see that there were still some sakura (cherry blossom) peaking around the cemetery but because I was on my way to meet a friend I couldn’t stop for more than a few minutes.

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After meaning to visit for so many weeks, I finally made it over to this large but quiet cemetery the other day.  With the Roppongi Hill’s Mori building towering over nearby, I could really see and feel the new Tokyo peacefully co-existing with the old.

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I saw a stray cat lingering around and a few people walking their dogs, but I was alone for the most part.

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Aoyama Cemetery is quite big and I’m told that it’s a great place to appreciate the famous Japanese cherry blossoms when they flower.  I definitely missed its peak by a week this time but maybe I’ll return for the autumn foliage…

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I know that there are famous Japanese who are laid to rest here (Hachiko‘s master is also buried at this cemetery) and there is a separate section for foreigners.  But I didn’t look for anyone in particular.

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I don’t know the name of this cemetery but I just happened to see it one day when I was walking to Ebisu through the back streets of Hiroo.  It was much smaller and more modest than the Aoyama cemetery, but I thought it was lovely.

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