On Saturday night, I went to Rikugien (Rikugi Japanese garden). For a limited time, the garden is open at night time where they light up the garden and you can view the autumn colours. Although, I gotta say it’s pretty much winter now. It was about 5 degrees out! Brrr cold. The garden is pretty big and there were heaps of people there all with their cameras and tripods. Cold and crowded. And dark too. A good chance to practise some night photography. I took a lot of bad photos. Haven’t quite got the hang of low-lighting/night photography yet. A lot of slightly blurry photos. Also my hands were too cold to really care to fiddle with the settings too much. My hands were practically frozen. It would actually be quite nice to go back there during the daylight. I think the garden would be quite beautiful where you can properly see the autumn colours. Here are some of my photos of the garden illumination.
Leaves on the ground:
Shadows on the wall:
I like the lighting in this next shot:
The garden island in the middle of the pond is the piece de resistance of Rikugien.
Still water reflection:
Figures in the dark:
Light and mist:
Entry into Rikugien is 300yen. The night entry light-up is on until December 9. Closest station: Komagome station (3min walk from JR South exit).