Wednesday, April 25, 2012

A Walk around the Kyu Furukawa Gardens (Part 2) / 旧古河庭園の散歩 (パート2)

Continuing my walk around the Kyu Furukawa Gardens.  The notes are taken from the guide provided by the park.


The Western-style Garden / 洋風庭園

Roses have been planted in the manner of a terraced garden and are in full bloom in the spring and fall (it appears I was a bit early to see the flowers in bloom).  This garden helps to set off the appearance of the Western-style residence and create the atmosphere of a foreign country.  
Banksia roses cover the walls.  They are a symbol closely associated with Mako, the daughter of Prince Akishi-no-no-miya (the younger brother of the crown prince).


From an observation point looking down into the Japanese garden.


You will find many different types of Japanese lanterns in the garden.  This is an Okunoin type garden lantern.


Shinji-ike / 心字池

The pond was designed in the shape of the Japanese character for "heart".  The pond was made using Kurama-Hira-ishi and Iyo-ao-ishi.  The points from which the pond can be seen best include, in the front, the "funatsuki-ishi" (boatloading stone), the "araiso" (rugged shallows), the snow viewing stone lantern, the dry waterfall in front and also from the hill in the rear of the pond.


Otaki / 大滝

The large waterfall is more than 10m in height and originates on top of the steepest point in the garden, the upper part of which was further built up to make it higher.  The front of the slope was dug away to make a cliff and the slope is covered with trees to create an illusion of a river gorge in the deep mountains.  The flow curves and divides into smaller, lower level flows before dropping into a chasm.


"Kuzure -shizumi" Wild Stone Wall / 崩石積

The sign reads "石を垂直に積む方法は数あるが、これは京都で発達した伝統的な工法である。石と石が噛み合って崩れそうで崩れない姿が美しいとされる。当庭園においても小川治兵衛(おがわじへい)の力作となっている”

Yet another Japanese lantern / また灯篭発見

A teahouse in the garden (reservations required) / 園内の茶室 (予約制)

Isn't hard to imagine that I'm in the bustling metropolis of Tokyo when you look at these pictures.


A closer view of the teahouse / 茶室に近づきました

Looks like I time-slipped to Edo / 江戸時代にタイムスリップした感じ

This garden isn't as large as Rikugien but it does make for a pleasant walk.


To be continued...



Rurousha said...

Agreed: it's hard to remember you're in Tokyo when you're in that garden. I'm always surprised by the number of birds.

Was there real water in the dry waterfall? That's what it looks like in the photo. When I was there, the dry waterfall lived up to its name. I stood there with a frown, feeling very unpoetic and unJapanese, because try as I might, it just didn't look like a waterfall! :D You'll have to forgive me, Japan, but when I think waterfall, I think Victoria Falls ...

Tokyo Ern said...

The photo on this post is of the Otaki, where there is a real waterfall. Karetaki will be featured on the next post, and no water in there.

Ah, Victoria Falls - the place I want to go to most on this earth beating out Machu Picchu, Chitchen Itza, and the Pyramids (which I also want to see).

Rurousha said...

When you do go, just stay on the Zambia side, not the Zimbabwe side! Oh, and you'll have to go bungee-jumping, taking photos all the way down! And up again. And down again. And up again. And ... :D