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vol.5 Kiyosumi Garden

① Walking from Tsukishima

Hallo, again. I am a editor of "NAOKO AU JAPON". This time, I introduce you the Kiyosumi Garden where we can arrive by about 10min walk from Tsukishima.

Kiyosumi Garden where I can walk from Tsukishima is one of my favorite place. Turning the street over Kiyosumi dori which has the atomosphere of downtown, the mood is changed to calm one. At the entrance of the garden, the signboard tell you " Today is open " or not. The entrance fee is just 150yen for adults , 120yen for more than 65years old persons. 
Regarding the history, Mr. Yataro Iwasaki, the founder of Mitsubishi acquired the land and built the garden to use for entertainment of the important guests.  When the great earthquake hit in 1923, many people were saved into the garden since it was provided for citizens for asylum. Then the president of 3rd generation contributed the east part, by half of land to Tokyo city and it was opened to the public in 1932. Tokyo city purchased the rest of land and in 1977, the present
garden was opened. Ryo-tei, old house, on the pond is one of symbol of Kiyosumi gardern. The house has the taste of Japanese traditional wabi-sabi. In the pond, you can see some small ducks, big carps, and turtles. The dark green of pinewood healed me. The plum has started
blooming and I can feel that spring has come. In the spring, I would like to come here again with my favorite book, and I want to think about my work, looking over the pond, and want to read it on the bench.  

This time, I approached the old house, Ryo-tei, for the first time, though I usually see it over the pond. Looking at it the close point, this building has the atomosphere of traditional art. This is sukiya-design (teahouse)building. In 1909, the Iwasaki family built it. This autumn, we would like to hold some event.

On the side of Kiyosumi bridge, there is a " walking street of Basho Matsuo(famous poet)". 18poems of "Oku no Hosomichi(The narrow road to the interior)" on the board are displayed. I was moved to think about the history that the trip of Basho for Oku no Hosomichi started from the point. Near here, there is Fukagawa Edo Museum. You can feel the atomosphere of Edo culture.
See you soon for the next number.