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2013年1月 4日 (金)

Snow hanging in Kenrokuen Garden, 兼六園の雪吊り(2013.1.4)

     Kenrokuen Garden lies in the center of Kanazawa City like a precious green jewel. As a symbol of Kanazawa, it  attracts 1 million people yearly.

     It was completed in 1676 as an outer garden of Kanazawa Castle for the fifth feudal lord, Maeda Tsunanori (1643-1724). Master craftsmen labored over 150 years to perfect the garden.

     For years it was opened exclusively to the Maeda family. But after the Meiji Restoration, it was opened to the public.

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Kanazawa Castle and Kenrokuen, 金沢城と兼六園

     Kenrokuen, a designated national landmark, still maintains all the characteristics of an Edo Period stroll garden and is considered to be one of three famaous gardens in japan, the other two being Mito's Kairakuen and Okayama's Korakuen.

     It received its name because of its six(roku) superior qualities. These are extensiveness(spaciousness), quiet seclusion, artificiality(technology), antiquity, abundant water(flowing water), and wide prospect(extensive views). The garden covers 100,741 square meters(10.1 hectare site) and offers a unique experience of nature in any season.

     In winter, snow hanging(yuki tsuri) is carried out to protect branches of trees under the weight of heavy snow.

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Snow hanging in Kenrokuen Garden, 兼六園の雪吊り

(Reference) Snow hanging in Kenrokuen Garden, 兼六園の雪吊り: http://kanazawa-sakurada.cocolog-nifty.com/blog/2012/12/148.html

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