The Garden Guide

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

Horai-En Garden Shitaya Tokyo 4

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A rustic fence, with a gate made of plaited rushes, leads to an enclosure containing a summer-house and a tiny tea-room, not far from which may be observed a high bank cut out of closely planted box-trees, near to a small waiting-room used in connection with the tea-room. Here are many maple trees, and further on is a grove of bamboos, called Hatsune-Hayashi, or Glade of the First Note, in allusion to the early song of birds. An elevated spot, named Shimoteru-Oka, or the Mound o'erlooking Brilliant (Foliage), contains some fine old maple trees, and in another part of the garden are several beautiful weeping willows. This garden is particularly noted for its variety of scenery arranged within a very small compass.