The Garden Guide

Book: Landscape Gardening in Japan, 1912
Chapter: Chapter 10. Ornamental Water

Masters's Isle Shujin-to Guest's Isle Kiakujin-to

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The other two islands are called respectively the "Masters's Isle" (Shujin-to), and the "Guest's Isle" (Kiakujin-to); and they are rarely used separately. The "Master's Isle" is specially appropriated to the owner of the garden, and is placed in the foreground of the landscape, easily accessible from the front banks of the lake by a bridge, or, as is sometimes the case, by a picturesque combination of bridge and stepping stones. It often happens that this so-called island is connected with the shore by a narrow neck of land and becomes, strictly speaking, a peninsula or promontory (Dejima), and not an island in the proper sense of the word. A little resting-shed or summer-house is often built upon the "Master's Isle," overlooking the water of the surrounding lake. In Fig. 31 may be seen a representation of an island of this kind, carrying a rustic arbour, as designed in the ancient garden of the Jizo-In at Mibu. The different stones adorning the "Master's Isle" have names implying functions of ease and recreation, as already explained on page 51. The "Guest's Isle" receives its name in honour of visitors to the garden. It is located more in the background of the scene, approached by bridges and stepping stones from the banks, and adorned with ornamental rocks specially devoted to the purposes of hospitality (see page 51).