2011年01月11日

'Rikugi-en' garden in Bunkyo Ward, Tokyo, that is was created by Yanagisawa Yoshiyasu who was a powerful 'Daimyo' feudal lord late in the 17th century,is one of the most recommended Japanese garden to go.

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Almost every Japanese garden in Tokyo is an old mansion garden of a high-ranking samurai warrior. This garden had been owned by the Yanagisawa family for 150 years till the end of the feudal age,and was transferred to Iwasaki Yataro, the founder of the Mitsubishi conglomerate when Japanese modernization started. Since then, this has been well maintained following its original appearance. The large garden of 300 meters square enjoys strolling around the central pond with a view of cherry blossoms, azaleas and autumn leaves from season to season. The conical object called 'yuki-zuri'in the picture is a device to protect the pruned tree against snow, which is this garden's special feature of winter.

Licensed tour guide,
Masahisa Takaki.

通訳案内士 高木聖久。

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2011年01月05日

A bamboo, originally comes from China, has been considered as a useful element to lay out a Japanese garden.

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A bamboo in Japan seems to be brought into Japan in the 8th century. At the beginning,it was planted for appreciation between nobility in Kyoto, then gradually spread across the country to form into 'chikurin' bamboo groves. For Japanese people,it has been deeply concerned with a sense for art, such as the subject matter of a painting and a Japanese garden plant. The picture, that was taken in Happo-en garden in Tokyo in the middle of December, shows a beautiful comparison between green bamboo and red leaves of autumn. Apart from these artistic use, a bamboo has been utilized for making furniture, craft products and fishing rods. Lastly, a bamboo fiber of Kyoto was used for the filament of Edison's first incandescent light.

Licensed tour guide,
Masahisa Takaki.

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2010年12月26日

'Daiba' or 'o-daiba' in Minato Ward, Tokyo, is a Western-style offshore battery built by Tokugawa samurai government as a defence facility for Edo, present Tokyo, in the middle of the 19th century.

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The US commodore Perry came to Japan with his four warships to press the closed country for the opening to the West in 1853. Then Japanese feudal government hurried to build the six 'daiba' batteries in order to drive off the second visit of the US navy. Although these man-made islets were completed within 18 months, any cannons on them had never fired at the steamships from the US. There still remain two 'daibas' among six, 'daiba' number 3
in the picture and number 6 next to it. Other four 'daibas' had become the parts of the reclaimed land spreading over in the east of Shinagawa Station.
'Daiba' number 3, where old explosive warehouse and other battery-related facilities survive, can be accessible on foot to all people from 'o-daiba-kaihin-koen' park.

Licensed tour guide,
Masahisa Takaki.

通訳案内士 高木聖久。

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