Mukojima Hyakkaen Garden

Mukojima Hyakkaen Garden was created by Kikuu Sawara, a merchant of antiques, in Bunka-Bunsei period, the early years of 19th century. Edo had long been the city for samurai, but bourgeoisie emerged as a strong social class at the time. This garden was a symbol of the power of the newly emerging bourgeoisie.

Despite Kikuu was only a merchant, he was very intelligent man and had many friends in the literary world. He planted plum trees given by his friends such as Nanpo Ohta and Shibutsu Ohkubo and various species of flowers in the garden. He selected them from the flowers which had been themes of the poems in the ancient times of China and Japan.

The garden was specified as a special scenic spot of the nation in 1938.

There were many signboards and paper lanterns decorated with pictures and letters.

Japanese people have enjoyed full moon watching in the night of mid autumn.
On the day I visited here, many people gathered in expectation of the rising of the moon.

The highlight of the garden in autumn is the tunnel made of bush clovers.

Hyakka means hundreds of flowers. The garden is full of flowers all year round.

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