The Garden Guide

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

Horai-En Garden Shitaya Tokyo 2

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In one spot is an aged moss-covered monument surrounded by pine trees, with kerria bushes near by. A little further on, a grove of rare trees receives the name of Tamuke-no-Mori, or Forest of Bountiful Gift; and from this spot, extending to the lake island, is a causeway, on the sides of which grow some large pine trees with their crooked trunks picturesquely reaching over the water. At one place a small inlet flows amidst a clump of foliage, crossed by a light bridge, called the Ukikusa-no-Hashi, or Floating Sea-weed Bridge. Under the shadow of the leafage a small shrine, named Ono-no-Yashiro, nestles beside a moss-covered well-border, and an inscribed stone tablet. The outlet of the aqueduct which supplies the lake resembles a natural spring issuing from the rocks, while a stone lantern stands in the bed of the stream below. This arrangement is copied from Enshiu's famous design in the garden of the Katsura Rikiu. On the south side of the garden spreads a moor of high grass, on which is found a sequestered looking tea-house. From here to the right, a narrow pathway between trees leads to an antique granite lantern, named after Shizuka-Gozen, the beautiful favourite of the warrior Yoshitsune. It is said to have come from a spot near the temple of Hachiman at Kamakura, whither this unhappy lady went nightly to pray.