Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Scenic Spot Senganen

Senganen is representative of the Japanese daimyo garden built in 1658 by then lord Shimadzu Mitsuhisa. Though the lord mostly lived in the castle, he spent some of his time here to enjoy the view of the ocean spreading out in front of the garden and the magnificent view of Mount Sakurajima.

A small pond and hill (tsukiyama) are integral to Japanese daimyo gardens, however in Senganen, the ocean and the volcano represent these elements. In addition, Senganen is characterized by Chinese influence. In 1958, the national government designated this garden as an officially recognized “Scenic Spot.

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