It was a hazy day in Tokyo. As a rarity amongst the crisp blue winters in Japan, the day felt eerily similar to the dreary London winter – I was in my element. Dressed in various hues of blue, I was at the Kitanomaru district, the northern tip of the Imperial Palace. The plan was to breeze through some of the museums in the area and to stroll past the Nihonbudokan concert hall whilst passing the most beautiful Japanese gate, the Tayasumon. The gate dates back to the 1600s and is one of the few remaining sites from the actual Edo castle. Alas, it must have not been my day, as the museums were all about to close and the Tayasumon was under white construction shields for its annual repairs. I guess this little route will have to be saved for my next trip back.