The Garden Guide

Book: Landscape Gardening in Japan, 1912
Chapter: Chapter 12. Garden Composition

Garden imitating Matsushima Coast, near Sendai

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Figure 55 illustrates a characteristic garden composition executed from the design of the artist Sen-no-Rikiu, in imitation of the coast scenery of Matsushima, near Sendai, a place to which frequent reference has been made. The lake has a rocky island of volcanic character containing a large crater, the rugged edges of which are planted with one or two bent and contorted pine trees. A bridge connects this island with the rocky shore. On the opposite side of the lake is a high rounded hill representing the aspect of a distant wooded mountain, planted with pine trees near the summit and having a grove of bamboos surrounding its base. ["Matsu" means pine trees and "Shima" means coast]