Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Tuesday, Apr 10th, Takamatsu, Japan


In 1625, the feudal lord of Takamatsu (Ikoma Takatoshi) began construction of Ritsurin,  specifically constructing a garden around a pond at the base of Mount Shuin (Purple Cloud Mountain).  It took 250 years to complete and open to the public, but it's today one of Japan's finest gardens.

The walk around the main grounds takes about two hours, and passes by scenes right out of the those Japanese hanging drawings you see in great art exhibits.

Around each corner, there appears a group of trees which display the many years of care which you can see currently being applied to their health and beauty.   We saw eight workers in ne set of trees at the same time.

The colors were deep and vivid.  There were so many shades of green: tea leaves, moss, pine needles, and new maple leaves.  In fall, the red colors of the maples stand out in the hills.

But the beauty of the garden was the shape and trimming of the trees, the design of the paths and bridges, the pond and its huge carp, and the gentle gliding of the Japanese boat (wasen) on the lake.

Mid-afternoon, we traveled by train to Kotohira, and to the Kompira Shinto Shrine on the wooded slopes of Mount Zozu.  The Shrine, one of 88 shrines which have attracted pilgrims since the 1300s, is reached by climbing up 784 stone steps that wind their way through the town and up the slope past a Kubuki theater.  We made it to the theater, bought a cool wooden mask, and a banner displaying the other characters, and waited for our other travelers to re-join us.

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1 comment:

plant said...

Hi Gregory, so glad you and Pat are in Japan, and posting a photo travelogue of your trip. A.nice break from very dedicated volunteer work. I've always wanted d to visit Japan. I'd love to see more photos of regular street scenes, buildings, and housing. And transit stations and buses! Are there any homeless in Japan? - Alice L.