2017年06月01日

'Yosuien' Japanese garden in Wakayama City, which was built by the Kishu-Tokugawa family, is a typical 'daimyo' garden. *Daimyo means a feudal lord.

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The Kishu-Tokugawa family is one of the three branch families of the Tokugawa Shogun's House. The 10th lord of the Kishu-Tokugawa family built this garden at the beginning of the 19th century. This garden with an area of 33,000 square meters features 'shioiri' central pond, the water of which comes from the nearby sea making the most of the location beside the sea. The shape and the size of the pond varies according to the tide level, and this idea is the same as Hama-rikyu garden in Tokyo, originally owned by successive Tokugawa shoguns. It is said that the founder of this garden invited the greatest tea master and the richest merchant in those years to a tea ceremony in this garden. This garden is the one and only privately owned historical daimyo garden, but is open to the public. A close-range view of pine trees and water being skillfully arranged with a distant view of nearby green hills, which is so-called 'shakkei', always attracts many people.

Licensed tour guide/travel consultant,
Masahisa Takaki.

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