きたおうじきんや at Rikugien Garden

Walter, Luis’ Peruvian friend living in Tokyo, took me to an amazing 300 year old garden in Tokyo called Rikugien Garden (六義園). We stumbled upon a large film production, and a friendly visitor confided that the actor was an incredibly famous samurai actor named きたおうじきんや. Shu later told me he became much loved by gays in decades past for the frequency with which he showed off his body on film. The park is small and fantastically designed and maintained.

In addition to its dozens of literary allusions and historic preservation, I like how there’s even an elegant spot to park your bike by the entrance.

It was fun to meet Walter, go on a long walk and speak Spanish for hours. I wish my Japanese were half as good.

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5 comments

  1. Sounds like a lot of fun. You speak Spanish? How cool! I wish I did. I will learn eventually. I’m studying Spanish, Chinese, and Japanese right now but it’s hard. Since I’m going to Taiwan for a year, I will hopefully learn Chinese fluently and after Japanese and Korean I will focus on Spanish. It is part of my heritage (I’m Puerto Rican) and I’m sad that I cannot speak it.

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