Register :: Log in :: Profile   


Sankeien

 
Post new topic   Reply to topic    The Samurai Archives Citadel Forum Index // Japanese Art and Religion
View previous topic :: View next topic  
Author Message
lordameth
Awa no Kami
Awa no Kami
Veteran Member
2009 Benefactor
2009 Benefactor



Joined: 14 Jun 2007
Posts: 1821
Location: 南加州

PostPosted: Tue Nov 10, 2009 9:57 am    Post subject: Sankeien Reply with quote
Sankeien, in Yokohama, has been mentioned here before, but as I continue to label my photos from when I was in Japan, I continue to be amazed at the history of some of the buildings and objects Hara Sankei obtained for his garden.

Yes, many of the buildings are among the oldest in the Kanto, and they're nice, and look good, and some contain paintings by big name painters such as Kanô Tan'yû. But that's not it!



This stone lantern supposedly saved the life of Sen no Rikyû, when Hideyoshi sent men to kill him. He ducked behind the lantern, which took the swordstroke for him. Of course, he was killed in the end, but it's still a pretty cool artifact, if the story's true.



The Jutô Ôidô of the former Tenzui-ji was built as a mausoleum for Hideyoshi's mother. I was surprised to see that such a major and historical structure would be allowed to just be purchased and moved like that. Can you imagine anyone buying and removing anyone's mausoleum for their garden, let alone one belonging to (a relative of) someone so famous?

-----

There's also a teahouse which may have built for one of Nobunaga's brothers, one built by Ieyasu for Fushimi Castle, a stone washbasin which may have been a pillar of Kyoto's Gojô-Ôhashi, and a wall painting which may have once belonged to Byôdô-in.

Craziness.

It's not quite Ryôma's grave, the remains of Honnô-ji, or any of the dozens of other super major samurai history sites I haven't been to in Kyoto, but, for the Kantô, it's definitely something, I think. And a very nice garden in general; a nice escape from the modernity and urbanness of Yokohama.
_________________
My blog on Japanese art & history: http://chaari.wordpress.com

紫水晶殿 - The Amethyst Lord
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Send e-mail Visit poster's website
Tornadoes28
Oki no Kami
Oki no Kami
Veteran Member
2009 Benefactor
2009 Benefactor



Joined: 31 Dec 2008
Posts: 1420
Location: Los Angeles

PostPosted: Tue Nov 10, 2009 11:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
It IS something, thank you for posting these pictures and interesting information. It is surprising that such an artifact was purchased and moved but it is also very good to see it preserved and open for others to see. It may not be Ryoma's grave but I think these finds are equally meaningful to visit as well. I have visited Ieyasu's grave in Nikko many times but I would like to find some more obscure historical sites in the Tochigi area as well. I will have to do some research on that.
_________________
http://twitter.com/28loki

Google+
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Visit poster's website
Post new topic   Reply to topic    The Samurai Archives Citadel Forum Index // Japanese Art and Religion All times are GMT - 10 Hours
Page 1 of 1

 
Jump to:  
You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot vote in polls in this forum

Help the Samurai Archives




alexisRed v1.2 // Theme Created By: Andrew Charron // Samuraized By: Aaron Rister

Powered by phpBB © 2001, 2002 phpBB Group