2019年07月16日

'Ninomaru Teien' Japanese garden, a part of the Imperial Palace East Garden, was restored in 1968 to the original state in the 18th century.

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The first Ninomaru Teien was built in 1630 by the command of Tokugawa Iemitsu, the third shogun. Mr. Kobori Enshu, a leading landscape architect at that time, received the orders from the shogun. The documents reading that Tokugawa Iemitsu hosted a magnificent tea ceremony in this site is found. Thereafter in 1636, 'Ninomaru Goten' mansion was built next to this garden for the successive shoguns' private use, such as a relaxing place, retreat or their mother's residence. Present garden was restored according to the illustrated plan of the old garden in the 18th century. A variety of wild flowers are in full bloom every season. Particularly in June, 84 kinds of Japanese irises attract many visitors as shown in the picture.

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2019年05月18日

The Japanese Garden annexed to 'Nezu Museum' in the heart of Tokyo features gregarious rabbit-ear irises in late spring.

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Nezu Museum found in Minami-Aoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo, boasts a private collection of Japanese and Oriental arts. This museum, which was established by Mr. Nezu Kaichiro, the founder of Tobu railway company in Tokyo, is one of the oldest private art museums dating back to the years before the Second World War. A national treasure 'Kakitsubata Byobu' (Folding paper screen of rabbit-ear irises) painted by 'Ogata Korin', a leading Japanese-style painter in the 18th century, is a main attraction of this museum, and is opened to the public just in April and May to match the flowering time of the real irises in the garden. This Japanese garden, which was designed to make the most of the rolling landscape, originally was a private garden of the founder of this museum, and is dotted with four old tea houses. In April and May in particular, many rabbit-ear irises in the garden are outstanding having to do with the well-known masterpiece of the greatest painter.

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Masahisa Takaki.

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2018年03月15日

'Fuyu Botan', peony trees blooming in winter, are found at the peony garden in Ueno in January and February every year.

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Peonies originally came from China, and were introduced into Japan as medicine in the 9th century. A variety of improvements have been adapted since the 17th century, thanks to the increasing popularity for decorative purpose. Being loved by Japanese people as a symbol of 'Wealth and Honor', they are also used as the subject matter of a painting, pattern and family crest. Peonies generally bloom in spring though, the special ones, carefully cultivated to add colors during the New Year holidays, are called Fuyu Botan, winter peony.
It's hard to see flowers in midwinter.
Ueno peony garden in the grounds of 'Ueno Toshogu Shrine', Tokyo, is one of the many peony gardens in Japan. There are about 200 winter peony trees, which are brought to bloom forward. This garden was built to commemorate the friendship between Japan and China, in 1980. More than 500 different peony trees, which are from China, the USA and France, are planted here.

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