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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2014年07月23日

'Kitanomaru Koen' park is located in the very heart of Tokyo to be an urban oasis thickly covered with green.

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Being adjacent to the Imperial Palace and the main building site of Edo Castle, Kitanomaru Koen park used to be the premises of the Tayasu Tokugawa family and Shimizu Tokugawa family in the Edo period in the 18th century. After the Meiji Restoration in the 19th century, when Japan's modernization started, the Imperial Guard Division was established here. Present Kitanomaru Park was built to be opened to the public after the second World War, through these historical details.
This park is the important green in the very heart of Tokyo together with the Imperial Palace East Garden and Hibiya Park. However, as shown in the first picture, this park features thick green as if in a countryside even though it is in the central part of Tokyo. Furthermore, luminous moss designated as a national monument grows naturally.
'Tayasu-mon' gate as shown in the second picture stands on the north side of this park. This gate, built in 1636, is the oldest gate among many existing gates of Edo Castle. 'Shimizu-mon' gate, rebuilt in 1658, is also found on the east side of this park, both of them are designated as important cultural assets.

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Masahisa Takaki.

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