2010年12月19日

'Happo-en' in Minato Ward, Tokyo, features a moderate Japanese garden, where Japanese-style food can be enjoyed at a 'ryotei' restaurant commanding a central pond.

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'Happo-en' was a garden around a mansion of a well-known high-ranking warrior in the 17th century, followed by private ownership of several bigwigs, later on it was improved by building a Japanese-style restaurant, tea pavilion and other traditional wooden structures when the 20th century opened. Owing to the art of landscaping, the authentic Japanese natural beauty of the season can be appreciated here, cherry blossoms in spring or the coloring of the leaves in autumn. This garden is a good deal different from the well-known daimyo's, feudal lord's, vast garden,so we can ramble through this decent garden in less than 15 minutes, around the central pond in the picture teeming with carp of various colors. In addition this garden offers tea ceremony observation at the tea pavilion and 'bonsais' on display.

Licensed tour guide,
Masahisa Takaki.

通訳案内士 高木聖久。

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2010年12月05日

'Icho', ginkgo trees are relatively unusual in Western countries, however they are frequently seen everywhere in Japan.

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The ginkgo tree, originally comes from China, seems to have been brought in Japan and Europe around in the 12th century. As the species rooted in Europe was extinct by a germ infection, Japan's species were transplanted there after that they were gradually spreaded into the American Continents and Australia from the 17th century on. That's why the ginkgo trees are rare in many countries other than Japan. These trees are likely to be planted by the roadside in the country, reaching the highest number among all sorts of trees for that purpose. A street lined with many ginkgo trees in the picture was taken at the entrance of the Outer Gardens of the Meiji Shrine in Tokyo at the beginning of Dec. About 150 trees, older than 100 years, are planted in four rows and they delight our eyes with autumnal foliage in autumn as well as green leaves in summer.

Licensed tour guide,
Masahisa Takaki.

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2010年11月12日

'Hamarikyu Onshi Teien', Hamarikyu Gardens, which lie within walking distance from Shinbashi station or Tsukiji fish market, is the best example of a landscaped garden surrounding 'Shioiri' pond.

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Tokugawa Tsunashige, a branch family member of Tokugawa shogun, reclaimed a tract from the sea to build a villa with extensive Japanese gardens in the 17th century. Thereafter it was handed down to the then Shogun Tokugawa Family, who reformed it into the present appearance. After the end of Tokugawa's samurai government, it was owned by the Imperial Household Agency to be used for the State Guest House late in the 19th century. The gardens feature 'Shioiri' Pond making use of Tokyo Bay's seawater to form a central pond, and so the transformation of the shape of the pond according to the tides can be seen here. In addition visitors can enjoy 'matcha' powdered green tea with Japanese sweets on tatami mats of the traditional tea room in the middle of the pond in the picture.

Licensed tour guide/travel assistant,
Masahisa Takaki.

通訳案内士 高木聖久。

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