|Aesthetic rice harvest|
Friday, September 29, 2017
Japanese Aesthetic Garden
At Korakuen in Tokyo…
Sam Po: It’s a promenade garden, designed to be strolled through, the winding paths revealing something new around each corner.
Vizzie Torr: It certainly surprises. Mountains in miniature, rivers, lakes, forests, teahouse, pavilion, and at the end, a rice field.
Sam Po: Where they actually grow rice. Aesthetics combined with pragmatics.
Vizzie Torr: Well, I’d have to say that the rice-growing is more for show than to take to the market.
Sam Po: But all this in the heart of Tokyo, outside the wall are hotels, schools, a baseball dome, an amusement park.
Korakuen checks a lot of boxes in evaluating a Japanese aesthetic garden: miniaturization, concealment, scenery-borrowing, asymmetry. Japanese parks to be strolled through show the best of nature in a limited space.