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Kenrokuen
Name:Kenrokuen garden photo
Kenrokuen
Photo: Robert Cheetham



 
Alternate Name:Kenroku-en 
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City:Kanazawa-shi 
State:Ishikawa-ken 
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Country:JAPAN 
Latitude/Longitude:lat=36.5667; long=136.6
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Designer(s):designer unknown 
Contruction Date:1818-1836 
Public/Private:PUBLIC 
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Added to JGarden:1/1/1996 
Last Updated:1/6/2002 
JGarden Description:Kenrokuen resides in the center of one of the most beautiful cities in Japan. Kanazawa, also known as 'Little Kyoto' is perhaps one of the most beautiful cities in Japan. It is filled with tasty restaurants serving kaiseki ryori, Kanazawa Castle, Myoryuji Temple, streetscapes straight from the pre-modern period, a samurai quarter, Gyokusen-en garden, and, of course, Kenrokuen.

When thinking of this garden, the average Japanese person will immediately call to mind the supporting ropes, known as 'yukitsuri', that hold up the branches of the vegetation during the heavy winter snows that are common along the Noto Pennisula, but the garden has many other attributes to recommend it including: wide open spaces, spectacular architecture, and outstanding examples of native trees.

The name Kenrokuen has a particular meaning. The roku, literally 'six', refers to the six important attributes for gardens as set out in 11th century Chinese literature: vastness, solemnity, coolness (water and rocks), careful arrangement, age (strength) and beautiful views. Kenrokuen has all of these in abundance.

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Four Seasons of Kenrokuen
 




Although the scene
At Osawa-ike is old,
The same bright autumn moon
Casts down its lucide light.



Osawa no
Ike no keshiki wa
Furi yuke do
Kawarazu sumeru
Aki no yo tsuki

  Fujiwara no Shunzei (1114-1204)
  Shinzoku kokin wakashû
  trans. by M.V. Otake

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