After leaving Melbourne in 8 degrees, it will take me a while to get used to 32 degrees and 70% humidity. My first day was spent in short forays interspersed with air-conditioned respite. I also made a point of drinking a lot of water; a great effort for me as I never really get thirsty.
It was a lovely surprise to look out the hotel window to see that Shinobazu Pond was covered in huge water-lily leaves (~60cm in diameter)and the start of pink buds and blooms.
As I was resting in my room about 6.30 I could hear drumming so I went out to investigate. As I walked around the Pond to the small Shrine on the island I came across a performance by a women's Taiko (drumming) group. The rain the previous hour had dropped the temperature so it was a pleasant ending to my first day back in Tokyo.