FUN-travel: Jubilant Japan in Bloom! – Kanazawa

April 10, 2018 by  

  • Kenrokuen Garden…

…justifiably classified as one of Japan’s…

…“three most beautiful landscape gardens.”

  • The spacious strolling-style landscape & grounds…

…used to be the outer garden of Kanazawa Castle.

  • Constructed by the ruling Maeda family…

…over a period of nearly two hundred years…

…opened to the public in 1871…

…features a variety of flowering trees…

…which provide the garden with…

…a different look for each season.

  • The name Kenrokuen literally means “Garden of the Six Sublimities”…

…referring to spaciousness, seclusion, artifice, antiquity, abundant water & panoramic views…

…which according to Chinese landscape theory…

…are the six essential attributes…

…that make up a perfect garden.

FUN-fact – Winding streams & ponds were created by diverting water from a distant river via a sophisticated water system constructed in 1632.

Kanazawa Castle Gates

  • Nomura Samarai House…

…historic home & garden in Nagamachi…

…a very well preserved district…

…to the west of Kanazawa Castle.

  • Nagamachi was formerly the area…

…where the samurai of Kanazawa…

…lived with their families.

  • Today the area looks…

…pretty much the same…

…as it did in the Edo era…

…with canals & cobbled streets…

….that run between earthen tile-topped walls.

  • This has been a samurai…

…warrior house since 1583…

….many of the rooms are arranged….

…so that the lush green awe-inspiring garden…

…can be viewed from different angles…

…which includes an exquisite waterfall…

…winding stream & bridge made of cherry granite…

…various kinds of garden lanterns…

…& a many-storied tower…

…arranged here & there.

FUN-fact – Higashi Chayagai features traditional Japanese style houses where Samurai & Geisha walked the streets.

Higashi Chayagai Bridge

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