Koishikawa Korakuen was one of the most highly completed Daimyo gardens in Tokugawa period and has saved its beauty at the time of completion until today. It was doubly specified as a special historic relic and special scenic spot of the nation.
This garden was founded in 1629 by Yorifusa Tokugawa, the relative of Tokugawa shogun, as a yard of the upper mansion of the family and completed by Mitsukuni Tokugawa, a famous historical person called Mito Komon. He was said to have traveled throughout the country to save the abused people.
Mitsukuni supported Shu-Shunsui, a Confucian of Ming who had defected from the Mongolian occupation of China. Mitsukuni accepted his opinion and gave the garden Confucian atmosphere.
It is supposed that Shu was the first person who carried ramen noodles into Japan and Mitsukuni was the first Japanese who ate ramen noodles.
The Koishikawa Korakuen is the excursion type garden with artificial landscapes and big pond in the center. There are many landscapes imitating the scenic spot of various parts of China and reproducing the picturesque scenery of Japan.
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