Friday, May 03, 2013

Koishikawa Kōrakuen Garden

After the Housei exhibit in Ginza we headed toward the Tokyo Dome to Koishikawa Korakuen Gardens.  Kurt took some amazing pictures, but he's not done editing them yet, so my candids will have to do. :)
Koishikawa Kōrakuen Garden(小石川後楽園) is in Koishikawa,Bunkyō, Tokyo, adjacent toTokyo Dome City. It is one of two surviving Edo period clan gardens in modern Tokyo and is one of the oldest and best preserved parks in Tokyo.
The construction was started in 1629 by Tokugawa Yorifusa, the daimyo (feudal lord) of Mito han, and was completed by his successor,Tokugawa Mitsukuni.
Mitsukuni named this garden "Kōraku-en" (Kōraku means "enjoying afterwards") after a Chinese teaching of "a governor should worry before people and enjoy after people". The garden shows strong Chinese character in its design, as it was influenced by the West Lake of Hangzhou.
Kōrakuen was appointed as a special place of scenic beauty and a special historic site based on the cultural properties protection law of Japan.

Kelsie decided her monkey (aka leash) needed to come with us everywhere today.  Most of the day she wore the monkey on her front like my Baby Ergo. :)

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