Hama-rikyu Gardens

Japan is such a remarkable synthesis of two extremes – you can sink into calmness or get dazzled by excitement… you can walk through ancient temples and shrines or explore the ultra modern landscape with huge monuments of glass, steel and concrete. There is such diversity in landscape… gardens disrupt the modern concrete so peace and harmony are preserved in some spaces of a densely populated metropolitan areaP1120246

I would think it a warm commentary on the quality of Japanese life, with their rich history, pecuniary and natural abundance, they have secured for generations substantial remnants of these great endowments. Historical places, like this 250,215.72 m2 Hama-rikyu Gardens which used to be the family garden of the Tokugawa Shogun in the 17th century, have been well-preserved.

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This is one of the biggest and oldest pines in tokyo, the 300 year old pine tree planted in 1709.

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Matsu-no-ochaya teahouse was originally built in the time of the 11th shogun but was destroyed during the war. Its restoration to its original form was completed in 2010.P1120264---Copy

Nature’s marvels nurturing me from the inside!  Having my powdered green tea called matcha, the king of teas, in the Nakajima-no-ochaya  rest house within the Hama-rikyu Gardens, where the shogun, ladies and Imperial Court nobles would sit and enjoy the view.P1120272

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9 Comments on “Hama-rikyu Gardens

  1. I’ve often wondered if the energy that humans share with plants when they maintain the landscape, helps to generate, if done with a service attitude or as a humble duty, that special feeling that we absorb in great gardens and landscapes? Thanks for sharing your posts on landscape and gardens.

    • Plants and gardens flourish with the help of caring gardening hands. I guess plants absorb that gentle loving energy. There’s a great deal of earth energy in Japan and their beautiful gardens, parks, hills, and mountains are reflections of their relationship with nature.

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    • I wish you can visit Japan one day. It’s beautiful that hmmm….it beckons me to come back and hopefully, during the time when the cherry blossoms bloom.

  3. This looks like such an incredibly beautiful place to visit! I also wanted to say thank you for stopping by my blog and choosing to follow. I look forward to reading about your adventures, as well 🙂

    • You’re welcome and thank you very much too for sharing such interesting articles and captivating photos! 🙂

    • I was just fortunate to find, capture and share some of life’s magical moments. Thank you very much! 🙂

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