The Garden Guide

Book: Landscape Gardening in Japan, 1912
Chapter: Chapter1. History

Horai-En Garden Shitaya Tokyo 1

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HORAI-EN GARDEN. The Horai-En, in the Shitaya district of Tokio, is a small garden of a little over two acres in extent, originally laid out as a Tea-Garden in the beginning of the seventeenth century, by the famous Tea Professor, Kobori Enshiu, associated with the priest Kogetsu. Its owner was the Daimio Matsu-ura. Water from the river Sumida was brought by aqueduct from Samisen-bori, to supply the lake, which was also connected with the canals leading into the bay. The lake scenery of the garden, therefore, reaches perfection at high tide. A picturesque island of double form, called Twin Islands," is the principal lake feature, and is adorned with a fine old pine tree, a miniature stone pagoda, and a curiously shaped rock called the "Triplet Rock"; also with other rare stones placed at the edge of the water. A meandering pathway, consisting in some places of rugged stone steps, leads round the lake, affording varied views of the promontories, islands, bridges, and opposite banks. The surrounding areas are variously designed with hills, tree clumps, and open spaces.