Katsura Rikyu (E-52)

From the The Imperial Gardens of Kyoto collection.


This is a view of the Shokin-tei teahouse from near the entrance. This beautiful pine tree is known as the Sumiyoshi Pine. It is also called Tsuitate-no-matsu, because it has been planted and trimmed to actually hide the view. The panoramic format combined with William’s wonderful composition enable us to see both. William also like to show contrast between different shapes, colors, and nature. While the pine tree in the foreground has a beautiful natural shape and is very much alive, one can also see the pine tree at the far left echoing this tree. Between them, the teahouse, which is said to be the most prestigious teahouse in Katsura Rikyu, is quietly situated and welcoming to guests. Every element in this garden is perfectly planned and coexisting in harmony. 



P1 (24 x 9 in.), P2 (36 x 14 in.), P3 (48 x 20 in.), P4 (60 x 24 in.), P5 (72 x 28 in.), P6 (96 x 38 in.), P7 (120 x 48 in.)


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