A temple, park and Heian pond in one

Environment | GARDENS FOR ALL Jun 27, 2002

A temple, park and Heian pond in one

Daikakuji Temple in northwest Kyoto started life in the lyrical Heian Period as Saga-in, the Detached Palace of Emperor Saga, who reigned from 809 until he abdicated and went to live there permanently in 823. Then in 876, his daughter Princess Shoshi designated Saga-in ...

Water, water irises everywhere

Environment | GARDENS FOR ALL Jun 13, 2002

Water, water irises everywhere

For those who live in Honshu, Shikoku and Kyushu, tsuyu officially began last week. Although in some years little or no rain falls in this rainy season, I personally always hope the heavens open to give some respite from the relentless heat. Two plants to ...

Dallying where daimyo strolled

Environment | GARDENS FOR ALL May 23, 2002

Dallying where daimyo strolled

Next time you find yourself in Okayama Prefecture, down by the beautiful Seto Inland Sea in western Honshu, you could do worse than allow some time to visit Shuraku-en Park, a well-known historical garden in the Sanyo district of Tsuyama. Constructed in 1657 at the ...

Prime greenery in the making

Environment | GARDENS FOR ALL May 9, 2002

Prime greenery in the making

Lying between Kyoto and Nara, Uji City straddles the Uji River, a tributary of the Yodogawa. This same river also drains Lake Biwa, Japan's largest freshwater lake, though upstream -- where it passes through Shiga Prefecture -- its name is Etagawa. Uji itself, famed for ...

Trip through time at Tokyo's verdant royal hub

Environment | GARDENS FOR ALL Apr 11, 2002

Trip through time at Tokyo's verdant royal hub

The Imperial Palace grounds are, without doubt, Tokyo's green heart. Located inside a 6.4-km ring of walls and moats that were once the inner defensive perimeter of Edo Castle, this verdant oasis now covers 115 hectares in all, with evergreen woodlands overlooking the moats ...

How does your balcony garden grow?

General Mar 24, 2002

How does your balcony garden grow?

If you're chafing about the city's dearth of green spaces, but you're blessed with a balcony, you could make your own garden. It could be your little contribution toward greening the city. If you haven't tried it before, you might be pleasantly surprised by ...

Garden jewels in the Tofukuji Temple crown

Environment | GARDENS FOR ALL Mar 14, 2002

Garden jewels in the Tofukuji Temple crown

Tofukuji Temple is one of Kyoto's most magnificent jewels and is one of the city's 17 UNESCO-designated World Heritage sites. Located on the western slopes of Mount Enichi, the southernmost peak of the Higashiyama range, the temple is the headquarters of the Rinzai sect of ...

Ferns: as mysterious as they are ancient

Environment | GARDENS FOR ALL Feb 28, 2002

Ferns: as mysterious as they are ancient

Ferns are very old plants that long predate the dinosaurs and were already abundant during the Carboniferous Period 350 million years ago, when many species grew in treelike form. Nowadays, they are perfect for bringing a natural feeling to gardens, and complementing trees and ...