17,754 sq ft.
This karesansui garden, set in the courtyard, was designed to be viewed from the windows of the castle. It is a very 20th century design of geometric, linear stone curbs punctuated by groups of rocks. The plan view looks similar to the plans of old European cities with their stone walls and ramparts. It is both a landscape in miniature and a re-creation of a famous battle (Zubei yang) of Komei Shokatsu (Chuko Kung-ming), a 3rd century Chinese prime minister and general. Eight groups of rocks represent the "Battle Formation of the Eight Positions". Each of these eight groupings has a name: heaven, earth, bird/phoenix, dragon, cloud, serpent, tiger or wind. They are arranged around a central grouping that represents the General. There is also a vertical hierarchy with the General's stone's at the highest point in the center, the tiger and wind at the next level and then in the lowest, most mobile positions, are the other.
Talking before the iris flowers:
This also is one of the pleasures