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Kyoto, Japan

修学院離宮(京都市左京区の比叡山麓にある宮内庁所管の離宮)

“The stroll garden was not designed merely as a place to delight people with a succession of picturesque views or to furnish a background for such pastimes as moon viewing, cherry blossom-viewing, tea ceremonies, and poetry parties. It was also a stage on which nature and the four seasons could be expected to act out their roles. The concept of the stroll garden is clearly brought out in the poems written on the theme “eight views of Shugaku-in” by those who attended the party held to celebrate the completion of the villa in 1659. Views, of course, included more than purely visual aspects, and among those singled out by the guests were the following: soft breezes passing through the garden on a clear day in late spring, evening sunlight in autumn slanting through red maple leaves, the sound of a misty midnight rain falling on the roof of the tea house, and the cold wind sweeping down from the snow-covered slopes of Mt. Hiei. If nature, in this way, created new spaces in the garden by filling it with light, by draping it in mist, or by drenching it with rain, and if man, by strolling there and holding poetry parties and tea ceremonies, had the expectation of creating individualized spaces of his own, then it seems likely that for those who visited the garden all these spaces represented a sequence of events-that space itself took on the aspect of time.”

- William Corey