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GARDEN PATHS

Japan Times
ENVIRONMENT / GARDEN PATHS
Jul 24, 2004
Down by the watersides
In the heat of summer we are naturally drawn to water, and for centuries water has been a vital element in Oriental gardens. In the ninth century, the Chinese poet Po-Chu-i (known as Hakurakuten in Japan) wrote about a small pond in his garden, and his words still evoke the timeless pleasures of the...
Japan Times
ENVIRONMENT / GARDEN PATHS
Dec 25, 2003
A romantic gem in Tokyo's heart
Japanese gardens were designed for poetry, music and romance; think of all those lovers in "The Tale of Genji" trailing through dew-drenched gardens to trysts with ladies of their dreams.
Japan Times
ENVIRONMENT / GARDEN PATHS
Nov 27, 2003
Beauty out of a beast
In a megalopolis like Tokyo you are more likely to see gardens disappearing than otherwise. But here is an encouraging story about one that sprang up from almost nowhere and is now full of life.
Japan Times
ENVIRONMENT / GARDEN PATHS
Oct 23, 2003
A garden of poetry in the city's heart
Long ago, Japanese aristocrats used to debate about which was the finest season, spring or autumn. Generally, poetic souls favored autumn, which -- with its crying insects, fragile flowers and falling leaves -- epitomized the fleeting nature of life.
Japan Times
ENVIRONMENT / GARDEN PATHS
Sep 25, 2003
Lush 'theme park' of the shoguns
Four hundred years ago, Edo was little more than a fishing village in the large domain of Tokugawa Ieyasu. But then, in 1603, the new shogun made this quiet spot his power base, and over the next two centuries Edo became one of the greatest cities in the world. Remarkably, the Koishikawa Korakuen garden,...
Japan Times
ENVIRONMENT / GARDEN PATHS
Aug 28, 2003
All manor of delights
Gentle hills dotted with sheep and ancient villages set beside flowing streams: Scenes such as these attracted William Morris and other members of the Arts and Crafts movement to the Cotswolds in the late 19th century.
Japan Times
ENVIRONMENT / GARDEN PATHS
Jun 26, 2003
A rare and rocky treat
The most remarkable gardens often combine nature and symbolism: Think of the Alhambra Palace in Granada with its cool water and bowers of jasmine offering a preview of the Islamic paradise. In Europe, symbolic gardens sometimes testified to a monarch's power -- the most extreme example being at Versailles,...
Japan Times
ENVIRONMENT / GARDEN PATHS
May 22, 2003
Seasonal spectaculars
In the last week or so, roses have been taking the first of their twice-yearly turns to brighten the streets of Tokyo. Potted roses in narrow sidewalk gardens and shrub roses arching over railway fences have suddenly burst into glorious colors.
Japan Times
ENVIRONMENT / GARDEN PATHS
Apr 24, 2003
Yokohama's green bower
In spring it is delightful to see, as the poet William Wordsworth described it, "the budding twigs put out their fan to catch the breezy air."
Japan Times
ENVIRONMENT / GARDEN PATHS
Mar 27, 2003
A garden is born
After a cool March, the first warm days of spring are working their magic, and people are eagerly waiting for cherry trees to fill with blossoms.
Japan Times
ENVIRONMENT / GARDEN PATHS
Feb 27, 2003
Plants of blooming passion
On a gray February day, gardeners may be looking at colorful seed catalogs or even holiday brochures, dreaming of a trip to a tropical island. But this week it's time to leave your armchair gardening, because the tropics have come to Tokyo. The Japan Grand Prix International Orchid Festival offers a...
Japan Times
ENVIRONMENT / GARDEN PATHS
Jan 23, 2003
The bare essentials
This column is the first in a series of articles to take us strolling along some garden paths. Hopefully, along the way, we will come across some good ideas for our own patch of greenery, whether that is a garden, containers on a balcony, or just a few potted plants on the kitchen window.

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