To tell the truth, lately things have been a bit tough for Ms. Godzilla.
Nothing life threatening, but my confidence has been shaken and am not feeling quite like myself (whoever that may be).
When these things happen, I find two things very helpful to get some perspective: going somewhere beautiful and taking on a slightly different persona.
Hence, last weekend's trip to the Nezu Museum (which is near Aoyama, not Nezu). The art collection is mainly Asian artifacts, displayed in a few small galleries. While certainly pretty, they are no match for the extraordinary gardens.
The Japanese gardens are filled with bright green momiji, which conceal a wealth of interesting statues and traditional teahouses (including one in a small boat, how exquisitely iki). The purple iris' were in full bloom, and the whole ensemble was simply breathtaking.
As for the different persona, putting on a kimono is one of the fastest ways to accomplish that. You need to walk straight-backed, at a stately speed, with the long shoulders of a murderous queen... it certainly gives me boost (it also helps that one also gets complimented by passing strangers.)