This garden was constructed by Iwasaki Yataro, founder of the Mitsui zaibatsu. Prior to this new design, the land was the site of the famous, private Edo garden belonging to Kuze Yamatonokami. When it was constructed, it used water from the Sumida River to supply the pond. The various islands are built from stones assembled from all over the Japanese archipelago.
While the roji is meant to be a passageway
Altogether outside this earthly life
How is it that people only contrive
To sprinkle it with the dust of the mind.