Postcard From Tokyo

Giving ice the slip to see trees usher in spring

March 24, 2007|By CANDUS THOMSON

The cherry blossoms are proclaiming the end of winter at Shinjuku Gyoen, a huge swath of green not far from the municipal gymnasium, the site of the World Figure Skating Championships.

Hundreds of lunchtime strollers, fresh off Wednesday's national equinox holiday, filled the paths to look at more than 1,500 trees that decorate the gardens and with other flowering trees fill the air with a delicate fragrance.

It costs 200 yen, about $2, to join the celebration. The respite is priceless.

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