Tuesday, September 13, 2011
Kyu Shiba Rikyu Garden (March 13, 2011 Tokyo Japan)
So what does one do when you go to a foreign country and things go wrong and almost everything gets shut down?
One thing would be to find a place that doesn't require electricity to be open.
Which is what I did the afternoon of March 13th. I went to a place I didn't get to during my trip back in December, 2010. Lucky me it was open. So would you like to see the Kyu Shiba Riky Garden?
The garden use to be part of Okubo Tadamoto's official samurai style residence. He was an official of the Tokugawa shogunate back in the 1600s when the garden was designed. It changed ownership over the years and became property of the Imperial Residence. In 1891 a European style guest house was built. The Great Kanto Earthquake in 1923 caused a fire there and all the buildings and trees were destroyed. I'm going to hazard a guess that this is a piece from that guest house
January 1924 the site was donated to Tokyo City and the park was rebuilt and opened to the public. Who are very lucky to have this beautiful place to go to.
The main pond is named Sensui which was salt water till they reclaimed the adjacent land from Tokyo Bay. There even use to be a beach on one side of the garden.
While even in this scenic beauty one was still reminded of the disaster that had just happened.
But luckily that was all that I saw that was damaged. It was wonderful to find something that took my mind off of all the difficulties so many people were having. There wasn't much anyone could do to help at that time so pretty much all people could do was wait and see what was going to happen. It turned out I wasn't the only one with the idea of getting out to a place like this. I think having this to appreciate really brought home how lucky we are to be able to share this.
There are four islands in the garden with many different bridges to cross over to them. The islands are called Nakajima, Ukishima, Oshima, and Yukimi-toro.
So that is probably most of the history and such about the garden. It's no wonder I took a lot of photos that day so there will be a few more posts. I promise not to write so much. As it is, it's not easy to put some things into words.