A Nature Fix Without Leaving the City
With Tokyo in the grip of the worst June heatwave since 1875 means hiking nearer to the city will have to take a back seat thanks to the searing sun, sky-high temps, and pea-soup humidity. As I write, central Tokyo has had five consecutive days of 35 degrees a record for June and Isesaki City in Gunma Prefecture, north of Tokyo just logged 40 degrees a second time. The most sensible place to be living at the moment would seem to be Wakkanai with temps topping out in the high teens.
Thankfully for those of us living in Western Tokyo getting our nature fix isn’t all that difficult. A good place to start is amongst the verdant vegetation that tracks the Tamagawa Josui 玉川上水 that runs from Hamura City to Yotsuya. The roughly 43-kilometre aqueduct that draws water from the Tama River was the handiwork of the Tamagawa brothers who helped construct it way back in 1653. At the time Edo was suffering from a shortage of drinking water hence it’s expedient completion in only 18 months. This past week before work, I’ve been getting up early to breathe in some slightly cooler air, take a few pics and enjoy one of the better sides about living in this megacity.