2011年09月26日

Kyu-Shiba-rikyu-Gardens or the Shiba Detached Palace Garden in Minato Ward, Tokyo, features a Shioiri Pond with a path around it.

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A Shioiri Pond means a seawater pond filled by nearby bay, that is designed to enjoy its transformation in line with a tide range. Many gardens of this kind had been built by daimyo feudal lords through the Edo period between the 17th and 19th century. But sad to say, most of the gardens with this sort of pond have been disappeared thanks to the modernization since the end of feudal days.
This garden is a rare sample which maintains the original look of old time.
Okubo Tadatomo, then senior councillor of the Tokugawa Shogunate, built this garden in the 17th century. After many hands of other daimyo feudal lords, it is now opened to the public by Tokyo Metropolitan Government. It takes only 30 minutes to appreciate it because the area of this garden is one fourth the adjacent Hama-rikyu Gardens.

Licensed tour guide/travel assistant,
Masahisa Takaki.

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posted by masahisa at 09:02 | Tokyo-gardens | このブログの読者になる | 更新情報をチェックする

2011年09月25日

Koishikawa Korakuen Gardens, one of the best examples of a daimyo's garden in Tokyo, was built by Tokugawa Mitsukuni early in the 17th century.

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Unlike Japanese gardens in Kyoto, most of which are Buddhist temple's gardens, Tokyo's traditional gardens show a marked tendency toward being built by a daimyo feudal lord or high-ranking samurai warrior. Koishikawa Korakuen in Bunkyo Ward in the heart of Tokyo was built by a branch family of the Tokugawa Shogun. When this garden, a style Japanese garden with a path around a central pond, was designed, the Chinese taste was adopted according to the advice of a Chinese refugee of a great scholar 'Shu shun Sui'. But this garden has a typical Japanese elegance , completely different from that of China. The name of Korakuen stems from an old Chinese book reading 'A wise man ponders over state affairs prior to the masses and then has an easy time later than them'.
Korakuen means the garden for enjoying later on.

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Masahisa Takaki

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2011年04月10日

'Tetsugakudo'in Nakano Ward,Tokyo, established by 'Inoue Enryo', one of the most influential Buddhist philosopher of the day, early in the 20th century, is an offbeat park that visually expresses the world of philosophy.

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'Tetsugakudo' reachable from the heart of Tokyo in around half an hour is an unique park. It is said that once you enter the park to stroll around here, a truth of the universe and human existence could be understood, however... There stand many wooden buildings and monuments with a signboard on which a philosophical explanation is written. The three storied building on the right in the picture is 'rokkendai' which is dedicated to six famous philosophers of the East, while on the left is 'shikendai' for four great philosopher of the world, such as 'Shakyamuni' and 'Socrates'. Apart from understanding an outline
of difficult philosophy, it must be a better choice to to visit here to look around various kinds of Japanese buildings in the Japanese style garden.

Licensed tour guide/travel assistant,
Masahisa Takaki.

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