August 5, 2012

Otomeyama Park

Otomeyama Park in Shimo-Ochiai, Tokyo. Another one of those Tokyo parks that unexpectedly transport you from the city into pseudo-nature.

In the 17th century, the area was a hunting ground for the ruling Tokugawa Shogunate. The park was reopened in 1969 as the property of Shinjuku Ward after local residents voiced their concerns about preserving the history and nature of the park.

The park is also famous for its firefly population, which can be seen from Mid-July to September.

Not three, but four turtles on a log.

The one at the head is tiny!

I don't know when this "ducks crossing" sign was put up, but according to the bulletin board in the park, six baby ducks were born in June.

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