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PostPosted: Wed Jun 18, 2008 8:09 pm    Post subject: Garden in the Snow Reply with quote
This won "garden photo of the year"

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 18, 2008 9:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
That's a nice photo of a lovely place. I've been there a couple of times--once in the summer (awfully hot and humid) and in mid-November.

If you are a fan of Japanese gardens and are in the Tokyo-Yokohama area, don't miss it!
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 18, 2008 10:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
Speaking of nice gardens, I visited the Sankeien in Yokohama last weekend to see the fireflies. There were a lot of people, but the setting was excellent. The estate dates back to the Meiji period, but some of the buildings there (relocated from Kyoto and Kamakura) are much older.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 18, 2008 10:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
Oops! I goofed. It was Sankeien that I've visited twice. Not the place in the picture that Heron posted a link to.

It was the bridge that did confuse me. Here is a picture of a bridge at Sankeien that I took in Nov '05.


And here's a picture of the pagoda at Sakeien.

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 19, 2008 12:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
I've been to both. Kenrokuen is slightly more impressive, imho, but Sankeien is not to be missed, especially for some of the structures that were imported from the west and, iirc, are some of the oldest extant buildings in the Kanto area. I believe it was far enough from Tokyo to be spared much of the damage during the war.

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 19, 2008 4:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
Sankeien was nice, but (excluding the Kyoto Usual Suspects) I think the most impressive Japanese garden I've been to is Ritsurin Kouen in Takamatsu, Kagawa prefecture. The garden dates back to 1625, and the teahouse was especially nice.
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 19, 2008 7:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
Mmm, that does look beautiful - I must put it on the next time I'm in Japan I will visit list. I think my favourite garden out of the ones I've seen is kenrokuen, but the one in Okayama (kourakuen) is also pretty nice. (I went to see it at 7.30 am and there was no one else there Very Happy )
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