Six Poems Gardens in Tokyo
Rikugien Garden means “six poems garden” ( and reproduces in miniature 88 scenes from famous poems.
It’s built around 1700 for the 5th Tokugawa Shogun.
The trails wind around the gardens, through forests and open lawns, and lead to several teahouses.
While admiring these beautiful trees, I was imagining the weeping cherry blossoms in spring.
It was a quiet morning in the garden. Ladies were taking a class from the gardener,
a gentleman was there reading under a tree and by the teahouse,
a father was there watching fish with his son, and
a grandmother was teaching her granddaughter to appreciate the beauty of gardens.
In Japanese kids are taught to pay respect the environment and the beauty of nature when they are very young.
This is how they guide trees to grow. A few trees were already being protected for the fall weather or for the spring blooming season.
This lady was cleaning all the benches, one at a time, with a pleasant smile.
Strolling the garden and the pond surrounded by hills and forested areas in the Six Poems Garden was the first Japanese gardens we visited in Japan.
Here everything is about details and done so poetically.
The name Rikugi-en means Garden of the Six Principles of Poetry which comes from the idea of the six elements in waka poetry. — Widipedia