Monday, May 24, 2004
Inside the castle just behind Ninomaru Palace is found Ninomaru Garden. It is a traditional Japanese garden, designed around a large central pond by a landscape architect named Kobori Enshu (1579-1647). There are three islands, the Island of Eternal Happiness, Turtle Island and Crane Island. The rocks are all placed with care, (it is an artform to do that correctly). The garden really is beautiful to take in. The trees and foliage all came later. Initially the water and rocks were what made the garden.