Monthly Archives: January 2014

The Stroll Garden in Japan

A visit to a ‘stroll garden’ is a carefully choreographed affair. You walk around the garden by a prescribed route which presents the visitor with a series of beautifully composed views. ¬†Everything is carefully considered – the exact position of … Continue reading

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Kyoto Gardens – Introduction

There was a mystery. Before heading off for Heathrow I drew up a list of the ‘important’ gardens and tried to locate them on a map of Kyoto. I noticed that most were on the outskirts of the city. Why? … Continue reading

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Japan: Travelling Around

In Tokyo we took the tube (Metro) and found it very easy. Everything is colour-coded, and the stations are labelled in English – or should I say Latin characters. We managed to avoid the worst of the rush hour, when … Continue reading

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Tokyo

My gardening friends were excited and concerned for me: how wonderful to be going to Japan! – but December – it’s winter – the autumn colour will have gone – it will be cold and dull. I’m glad to say … Continue reading

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Japan – Introduction

I’ve wanted to go to Japan for most of my life. One of the first gardening books I bought was “The Gardens of Japan” by Sima Eliofsen. I remember reading it from cover to cover. I longed to go and … Continue reading

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