I recently got back from a wonderful vacation in Japan with my partner, and one of the many beautiful things we saw was this peony garden in Ueno Park, Tokyo. We happened across it on our last full day in Japan, and the flowers were in glorious bloom — such a lucky discovery! The garden features both tree and herbaceous peonies (‘botan’ in Japanese) and seemed to go on and on. I loved the flowers themselves, of course, but also the thoughtful way the plants were displayed. Paper umbrellas, carefully placed to shade certain plants, were not only picturesque but made it easier to see and enjoy the layered colors of the flowers’ petals. Here are a few of our photos.