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Last week, I went to Kyoto Imperial Palace that is opened for only two times a year (spring and fall). Now Imperial family live in Tokyo, so nobody lives here. Unfortunately it has begun raining when I arrived at the palace’s gate, but many people gathered to enter the palace.

cherry tree at Kyoto Imperial Palace

cherry tree at Kyoto Imperial Palace

cherry tree at Kyoto Imperial Palace

cherry tree at Kyoto Imperial Palace

cherry tree at Kyoto Imperial Palace

cherry tree at Kyoto Imperial Palace

Kyoto Imperial Palace's long mud wall

Kyoto Imperial Palace’s long mud wall

double cherry blossoms at Kyoto Gosyo

double cherry blossoms at Kyoto Gosyo

double cherry blossoms at Kyoto Gosyo

double cherry blossoms at Kyoto Gosyo

Okurumayose

Okurumayose is the special entrace for official visits or dignitaries who have special permission

Okurumayose

Okurumayose

Kenreimon gate

Kenreimon gate

Shishinden hall

Shishinden hall

Flower arrangement

Flower arrangement

Flower arrangement of Ninnaji temple Omuro sect

Flower arrangement of Ninnaji temple Omuro sect

Shishinden

Shishinden

Shishinden

Shishinden

Shishinden's gate

Shishinden’s gate

Shishinden hall

Shishinden hall

Shishinden's Sakonno sakura (cherry tree in the left side)

Shishinden’s Sakonno sakura (cherry tree in the left front of the hall)

Takamikura (Imperial throne)

Takamikura (Imperial throne) at Shishinden hall

Takamikura (Imperial throne)

Takamikura (Imperial throne)

Shishinden & mandarin orange

Shishinden & Ukonno tachibana (mandarin orange in the right front of the hall)

Shishinden

Shishinden

Shishinden

Shishinden’s hallway