Garden Of The Former Residence Of Kitabatake Family

Garden of the Former Residence of Kitabatake FamilyThis garden is typical of the Period of the Northern and Southern Dynasties (1336-1392), and is in the precinct of the Kitabatake-jinja Shrine in which Kitabatake Akiyoshi, the Ise provincial governor, is enshrined. The gardens represent the sense of beauty of the powerful clans, leaving us the images of those times.

Garden Of Mori Family

Garden of Mori FamilyThis gorgeous garden encapsulates the true essences of the art of the Meiji and Taisho Eras, surrounding the Hyotan-ike Pond for strolling and skillfully enhancing both natural and man-made beauty, and is regarded as one of the most beautiful Japanese gardens from that period. Furthermore, the Mori Familys residence still exists inside of the garden, a grand building constructed entirely of cypress wood.

Daisen-in Shoin Temple Garden

Daisen-in Shoin Temple GardenDaisen-in Shoin Temple Garden is a Japanese-style garden of the type known as a karesansui, laid out using only stones, sand, trees and plants, and no water. The narrow space on the east side of the study, with stonework consisting of many stones of various sizes, symbolizes a natural environment of steep mountains and deep valleys. (This is a typical Japanese representation of nature.)

Hyogo Temple Puts On Nocturnal Flower Show

Hyogo temple puts on nocturnal flower showA spectacular display of wisteria is entrancing visitors to the Byakugoji temple in Tanba, Hyogo Prefecture, by day and night.

The flowers were delayed this year by the cold weather but high temperatures in May finally burst the buds. The hanging flowers can be viewed from sundown to 9 p.m. under special lights.

Int Rose And Gardening Show Opens In Saitama

Int Rose and Gardening Show opens in SaitamaAn annual gardening show featuring about 1,000 varieties of roses from around the world opened near Tokyo on Saturday.

The International Rose and Gardening Show in Tokorozawa City, Saitama Prefecture, attracts gardening enthusiasts and rose growers from France, Britain and other parts of the world.

Tenryu-ji Temple Garden

Tenryu-ji Temple GardenThe Tenryu-ji Temple Garden is said to have been built by the founder of the temple, Muso Kokushi. The garden is designed to enable a visitor to enjoy changes in scenery while walking around the Sogen-chi Pond. The scenery of two hills - Kame-yama and Arashi-yama - both of which are located outside the garden, form part of the composition. This technique of making use of the surrounding landscape in garden design is known as shakkei.

A Mother And Child Take In The Tulip Beds During The Tulip Sensation Event

A mother and child take in the tulip beds during the Tulip Sensation eventA mother and child take in the tulip beds during the Tulip Sensation event at the Florante Miyazaki flower park in the city of Miyazaki in this recent photo. The event, which runs through April 15, features some 100,000 tulips in 80 varieties, all of which will be in full bloom early in the month, according to the park. Admission is 300 yen for adults and high school students, 150 yen for junior high and primary school students, and free for preschoolers.

Nara-koen Park ( Mt. Kasuga-yama )

Nara-koen Park ( Mt. Kasuga-yama )Mt. Kasuga-yama is located in the northern part of Nara Prefecture, west of Mt. Mikasa-yama. In the middle of the 9th century the local shrine issued a decree forbidding the cutting down of the trees on the mountain, which has resulted in the preservation of the ancient virgin forests. The scenery of the shrine and the forests has now been inscribed as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site.

Snapshot: Azalea Allure

SNAPSHOT: Azalea allureVisitors look at azaleas blooming in a greenhouse at Yurigahara park in Kita Ward, Sapporo, in this recent photo. One hundred and eighty plants, including camellias and Acacia baileyana shrubs are on display for visitors.

Crafting Islands: Past & Present

Osaka Bay IslandsArtificial islands have a way of conjuring up mythical locales, such as Avalon or Laputa, together with floating cities of the sort that futuristic architects Buckminster Fuller and Kenzo Tange had in mind. For the past 50 years, technological and engineering achievements have made manmade islands in Japan an option as urban sprawl has largely triggered their proliferation.

Tsukiji Fish Market

Tsukiji Fish MarketA center of Japanese cuisine. The world's best fish market, and it never sleeps!

Tsukiji, located along the Sumida-gawa River, lies next to Ginza, Tokyo's famous downtown area. For most people, what springs to mind first when they hear the name 'Tsukiji' is the Tsukiji Market, also called 'Uogashi' (fish market).

Tomato N’ Pine Member Wada To Return

Tomato n’ Pine member WADA to return Tomato n’ Pine has announced that WADA (Wada Rieka) will be returning from her hiatus.

In early-November, WADA fell ill and withdrew herself from the group’s regular radio program. She decided to go on hiatus in order to focus on full recovery.

Wabi Sabi

Wabi sabi style Tea houseWabi-sabi represents a comprehensive Japanese world view or aesthetic centered on the acceptance of transience. The aesthetic is sometimes described as one of beauty that is "imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete".

Characteristics of the wabi-sabi aesthetic include asymmetry, asperity, simplicity, modesty, intimacy, and the suggestion of natural processes.