My fellow crew member,
Noah, and I spent a month
in Japan in 2006 visiting
interesting historic gardens
I had researched in
Japanese on the Internet.
Noah also attended the
Kyoto University of Art and
Design Intensive Seminar
on Japanese Gardens,
which I had attended in
Here are a few photos from
|Achi Shrine, Kurashiki (4th century site)
|DaigoZakura, cherry tree believed to be 1,000 yrs. old.
|Kyuu Oookaji Teien, an important abandoned temple garden dating from the Muromachi Period (1392 - 1573) on a remote
mountaintop in Hyogo Prefecture. I learned about this garden in Niwa magazine.
|Jonokoshi Iseki, Japan's oldest garden, discovered and excavated in rural Mie Prefecture in the 1990s. This amazing
garden celebrates the confluence of three springs. Although it dates from the 4th century it is not well known and
enjoys few visitors.
|Okochi Sanso, a Kyoto villa with gardens by famed 20th century garden designer Shigemori Mirei.
|Kishiwada-jo garden at Kishiwada Castle, near Osaka (left) by Shigemori Mirei and Mori Garden in Yamaguchi
|Kyuu Tokushima-jo Omote Teien (Old Tokushima Castle Garden), in Tokushima on the island of Shikoku, is an
important Muromachi Period (1392 - 1573) garden which has been maintained in beautiful condition.
|Awa Kokubunji Temple in Tokushima, Shikoku, has a fascinating Muromachi Period garden which is not as ruined
as it appears at first glance --- the era was know for flamboyant and dynamic rock work.
|Koko-En is a suite of gardens adjacent to Himeji Castle. Although built in the 1980s, they recreate garden
styles of the 1600s. The gardens were designed by Professor Makoto Nakamura.
Motsuji Temple in Hiraizumi, Iwate
Prefecture dates from the 12th century and
is the best preserved example of a
large-scale pond garden in Japan. It was
excavated and restored during the 1980s.
Older pond gardens in the Kyoto area were
altered and encroached upon by the city
over the centuries, but Motsuji survived
because it is remote from the pressures of
large population centers.