June 09, 2017

Small Stone Bridge

Shōsei-en Garden, Shimogyō-ku, Kyōto
Fujifilm Finepix X100

Detached garden of Higashi Hongan-ji Temple (東本願寺), which was donated by Tokugawa Iemitsu (徳川家光), the 3rd shōgun (三代将軍), in 1641. It covers an area of about 33,000 square meters (8 acres) and was designed by Jōzan Ishikawa (石川丈山). The various structures in this garden were destroyed twice by fire in 1858 and 1864 and the present construction took place during the Meiji period (明治時代). This garden is filled with many kinds of flowers throughout the year, and the colorful scenery is highly appreciated.

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