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.
Stare at foxtails swaying in Xi'an
just as they do
in paddies back home.