These fish adorn the edges of homes and pagodas to protect the structures from fire, which finds shoji screens of rice paper and uninsulated houses veeeeeeery tasty.
A sunset stroll in the Imperial Palace’s East Garden is a charming fall excursion. Hannie, when you visit, I think we should follow this sign. It actually means first citadel, and leads to this path, where someone important was murdered hundreds of years ago: This tea house is surrounded by fall: I guess I’ve never had a real fall since I can remember, because I am completely floored by the number of shades of red, peach, orange, crimson, gold, beige, scarlet, mauve, etc. etc. Wow! I ask Chris all the time, “Have you ever seen colors like this?! It looks like a crayon box!” Shocking. This is just outside the Gardens on the edge of the Ginza district: