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10/24/2013

Koishikawa Korakuen #2 in Tokyo Japan

Koishikawa Korakuen is a Japanese garden,

but it has several Chinese style sights, such as

"Seiko-no-tsutsumi", "Engetsu-kyo".

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The reason is that the 2nd ruler of Mito clan, Mitsukuni was interested in Confucian.

He invited the Chinese Confucian scholar Shushunsui of the Ming dynasty.

Mitsukuni adopted Shushunsui's advices into the garden.

 

 

↓Seiko-no-tsutsumi (the dike of West lake in China)

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These stone steps were made to imitate a famous sightseeing spot in China.

A lot of Japanese people admired the scenery of the lake in those days.

Many gardens of feudal lords followed this style.

 

↓Engetsu-kyo(the full moon bridge)

Engetsu


The reflection of the bridge in the pond produces a full circle

with the appearance of  a full moon.

The design of this bridge is said to have been created by

the Confucian scholar, Shushunsui.

It has survived in its original form, and provides a glimpse of the early Edo period.

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