The Garden Guide

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

Kama Rikyu garden features

Previous - Next

Another feature of the garden was the "Embroidery Hall," a detached building used for the manufacture of the beautiful Aya-nishiki, the working of which was formerly a favourite pastime of the Court ladies. A grove of pine trees, in which was buried a little arbour called the "Pine-grove Tea-house," lined the approach to this hall. The "Thatched-hut Tea-house," already mentioned, was constructed to resemble the hostelry of a country road, fitted up with the simple implements and furniture peculiar to country life. It is said to have been used by the Shogun as a hunting-box for hawking. A miniature structure, built in delicate taste, and called the "Swallow-Tea-house," was furnished with several valuable Chinese pictures and other antique treasures of the So period. At the side of a winding pathway leading to the garden lake was a pretty bower, called the "Trellised Arbour," overlooking a large bed of chrysanthemums.