I visited Koraku Park (Koraku-en) in Okayama in July, 2015
‘You see this stone,’ my guide says, pointing at a huge stone impossible to miss.
‘This stone comes from one of many islands in Inland Sea. A long way from here. You know Inland Sea? Between island of Honshu and island of Shikoku?’
I visited Shukkei-en Hiroshima in March 2014.
Shukkei-en is a beautiful park in Hiroshima. As so much else in the city, destroyed by the bomb, then rebuilt.
It was March when I visited, the weather was getting warmer. It was a beautiful day, sunny, almost no clouds. Still not too varm, but with a jacket I was far from cold.