The Kanda River runs for 24km through the heart of Tokyo, passing by the north of our house.

For this morning’s early-morning walk we headed east along its banks towards Ochanomizu, where one of these photos was taken.

It’s amazing how much green there Is along this corridor – and how much wildlife it supports.

As well as birds and insects, it also supports a variety of jetskier – I saw two traversing along its course.

Along the way we also found a beautiful rose garden. Made me think of England!

Since we moved here a few weeks back I’ve been pleasantly surprised at how interesting /nice this area of Tokyo is. Until now it’s been a blank space in my mental map of the metropolis.

We’re heading back home now – ice creams in hand, then I’ll be off to the Ekiden Carnival to support my friends running in the bi-annual relay race.