I have been wanting to go back to Mukojima Hyakkaen Garden even since I stumbled upon it about 7 or 8 years ago. I couldn’t remember the name, or the exact location of the garden. So, after spending some time online I was able to track down the park and set off to spend an afternoon there.
If you are looking for a traditional Japanese garden, this is not the place for you. To my eye this garden is neatly kept chaos. There is no preconceived large scale plan of the park. The garden is allowed to rest somewhere between wild and kept.
The park supposedly gets its name from the fact that you can see over a 100 varieties of flowers bloom through out the year. The garden’s history goes back to the 19th century, and was a private garden for a wealthy antique dealer. It was preserved as a city park in 1939.
It a real wonderful escape for this city dweller. And its ramshackle beauty attracts my lens and spirt.
I just wandered around the park for a few hours. Walking over the same little paths and bridges just listening to the birds and insects rise above the street sounds. A little escape for me between projects. I hope to get out to the gardens this summer, to begin work on some new series.
Come enjoy this wabi sabi tamed disorder with me.