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Nara - Garden founded on water

Hereby my second picture of the Isui-en garden located in Nara, the first capital of Japan.

Isui-en means ‘garden founded on water’ and the name is derived from the fact that its ponds are fed by the adjacent Yoshikigawa River.
Look how two shores are connected by a series of stepping stones. In earlier times these stones were used to grind the pigments used in dyeing.

Isui-en is divided into two parts, a front garden and a rear garden, with a number of tea houses scattered throughout.
The front garden has a longer history, dating back to the mid 17th century. The rear garden, the larger of the two, where this picture is taken, is more recent and was built in 1899 by a wealthy merchant.

Information found on: http://www.japan-guide.com and on: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isuien_Garden

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