November 2010


In 1721, the mansion of Kuze Yamatonokami, one of the feudal lords, was built here and later Baron Iwasaki, one of the plutocrats of the day, was pleased with its charming scenery, purchased the estate. He renovated the garden by digging a pond and filling it with water drawn from the River Sumida, and adding some fancy rocks collected from all parts of the country.

Unfortunately, the greater part of his villa was reduced to ashes during the great earthquake-fire of 1923, and Baron Iwasaki donated the remaining part to the Tokyo municipality. This garden provides excellent material for students of Japanese landscape gardening for its features shapely rocks used abundantly and skilfully. — Quoted from the information panel at the entrance to Kiyosumi Garden

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