The Garden Guide

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

Uji River, Kosho-ji Temple and other famous scenes

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Many other favourite natural scenes, in addition to those of which special mention has been made, form the frequent subjects of common garden representation. The river scenery at Uji, with its historical bridge and ancient temple of Koshoji; the view of Otowa-no-taki, a beautiful cascade near Kioto, and its pretty fane; the rare and picturesque sea-rocks of the Ise and Oshiu coasts; the wooded island of Miyajima, with its maple groves, and its fine old temple jutting out into the open sea; the lovely pine-clad peninsula and placid hill-encircled bay of Ama-no-Hashidate, or the "Floating Bridge of Heaven; " the weird willow-covered and reed-grown marsh and ancient battle ground of Asaji-ga-hara, near the river Sumida;�these, and numerous other familiar and picturesque sights, the landscape gardener is never tired of depicting in his choicest compositions. Seeking in this way inspiration from those natural sources which for countless generations have formed the theme of the poet and the motive of the painter, and around which time has cast a halo of romance, surely it is no idle boast to claim that he can adapt his beautiful art to the highest or lowliest station of life, or frame it in sympathy with whatever sentiment may stir the human soul. [Kosho-ji is a temple in Uji, near Kyoto, connected with famous Japanese novel, The Tale of Genj].