It was three in the afternoon in early December when we came in from Sendagaya Gate 千駄ヶ谷門 Sendagayamon. As we brought out 200JPY, the park keepers reminded us that Shinjuku Gyoen National Park 新宿御苑 Shinjuku Gyoen closes at exactly 30 minutes past four in the afternoon. Worried about not seeing the whole 53-hectare garden in time, we quickly decided on our route around the garden using the map we were given. But upon stepping in and seeing the foliage in green, yellow, orange and red – colors that were left of the autumn hues, we were appeased in the midst of the park’s tranquil beauty. The cool breeze coupled by the bright setting sun made the scenery picturesque for all park visitors. Ponds sparkled as they reflected all that surrounded them. The tea houses’ red roofs complemented the amber treetops. The long pathways were covered by red and yellow leaves that fell like mist, as the crunching sounds were nostalgic melodies of the 1950s to old couples who walked side by side down the trails.