The Garden Guide

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

Tea Garden attributed to Imagawa Yoshimoto

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Figure 50 illustrates a Tea Garden attributed to Imagawa Yoshimoto Ko, and is suggestive of scenery near mount Fuji. Passing through the grounds is a flowing stream representing the Fujikawa, on the opposite side of which is a rustic fence with a small gateway. The further banks are planted with young pine trees to convey the idea of the Mio pine forest, through which a path leads along the stream to the main outer entrance, on the left. Crossing from the further bank by a plank bridge, the outer enclosure of the Tea Garden, with its Waiting Shed, Diving-in Gate, and Lavatory, is reached. The dividing fence is carried to the edge of the stream, which from that point forms the natural boundary. The drawing shows the inner or Tea Garden proper, containing the Tea-Room, Sword-rack, low Water Basin, Lantern, a few trees, and numerous stepping stones. From this portion of the grounds may be seen to best advantage the imaginary distant mount Fuji, with its lower hills, pine forest, and rapid river. [Imagawa Yoshimoto (????, 1519-June 12, 1560) was one of the leading daimyo (feudal lords) in early Sengoku period Japan. Based in Suruga Province, he was one of the three daimyo that dominated Tokaido region, or eastern Japan. Wikipedia, 2007]