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The online magazine HIGHLIGHTING JAPAN

May 2021




    Various kinds of gardens have been created all over Japan since ancient times, but they tend to have certain things in common. In this month’s issue of Highlighting JAPAN, we reveal some of the characteristics of Japanese gardens by introducing some of the best known and most beautiful examples.



  • Japanese Gardens as “Living Organisms”

    An interview with Naka Takahiro, Kyoto University of the Arts, director of the Research Center for Japanese Garden Art and Historic Heritage

  • The Famous Plum Trees of Kairakuen Garden

    Prefecture, is one of the most famous places in Japan for plum blossom viewing.

  • Kenrokuen: The “Outstanding Garden” of the Kaga Domain

    Kenrokuen in Kanazawa City, Ishikawa Prefecture, is famed in particular for its snow scenery.

  • Okayama Korakuen: A Daimyo Garden Full of Charm

    Okayama Korakuen is a classic daimyo (feudal lord) garden, built around 300 years ago.

  • Gardens That Look Just Like Landscape Paintings

    The Japanese gardens at the Adachi Museum of Art are admired internationally for their “landscape painting-like” beauty.

  • The Tiny Inner Gardens of Kyo-Machiya

    A feature of the traditional machiya townhouses of Kyoto is their tiny tsuboniwa inner gardens.

  • Mohri Garden: A Japanese Garden in the Heart of Tokyo

    Mohri Garden in Roppongi is a traditional Japanese garden offering modern appeal.

  • The Kyokusui-no-En Ceremony in the Garden of Dazaifu Tenmangu

    An event is held in the garden of Dazaifu Tenmangu in Fukuoka Prefecture that reenacts an Imperial Court ceremony of the Heian period.



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