The Garden Guide

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

Horai-En Garden Shitaya Tokyo 3

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At one place the banks of the lake expand into a wide pebble and boulder-covered beach, adorned with a shrine, a stone lantern, and a curious hollowed rock serving as a water basin. Numerous cherry trees border another inlet issuing from the lake, in representation of the scenery of Yoshino* (Yoshino�a pretty spot in the province of Yamato noted for its wild cherry trees.). An open area called Matoniwa-Hara, used as an archery range, surrounded by bushes of pyrus and lespedeza, suggests the landscape of Miyagi, in the province Oshiu; and close by blossoms a grove of plum trees. Further on, a trellis entwined with wistaria creepers flanks an eminence called Irokazan, or Mount of Colour and Fragrance, planted with wild cherry trees.