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More Marunouchi Gardens

Posted in Nature, Places by tokyobling on November 16, 2010

More photos from the garden exhibition at Marunouchi’s Nakadori. For some reason some of the gardens featured more or less hidden handbags, I guessed this was some sort of sponsorship but if so, for what brand(s) I have no idea. One thing that several of the garden designers did well was moss, which is not surprising seeing as Japan is pretty much covered in moss. If you ever go to Tokyo and the famous temples there, make sure to check out the great moss collections they have! Some temples even make a point of showcasing their best moss. More photos to come later in the week, but for now, enjoy!

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  1. kes said, on November 16, 2010 at 9:19 am

    gorgeous… – I love garden exhibition.

    #3 looks good. – I love the design of the bench.
    I see myself sitting on the bench on a sunny day reading a book.


    • tokyobling said, on November 17, 2010 at 12:06 am

      Thanks! Kes – I’d join you there! Right now I am reading Lucy Worsley. Not that her books have anything to do with Tokyo or Japan… (^-^)


  2. pk1154 said, on November 16, 2010 at 1:18 pm

    The tiny “log scape” in the first photo — such an interesting concept.

    I’ve never managed to get moss to grow where I would have liked it. I have to settle for having lichens growing on the bark of some of my trees. But I do remember seeing a Japanese-inspired moss garden in Vancouver. (They’ve the climate for it in the Pacific northwest.)


    • tokyobling said, on November 17, 2010 at 12:12 am

      That the trouble with moss! It has a mind of its own. In Japan as you know, it grows everywhere, lichens are less common. Moss needs humidity and shade to prosper. Acidic ground seems to work better for some reason.


  3. Mirja said, on November 17, 2010 at 9:15 am

    Wonderful! The Japanese have a magic touch – they make a tiny spot of land look like a real garden!


    • tokyobling said, on November 18, 2010 at 12:48 am

      Thanks! Yes, they’re good at that. Sometimes I wonder if there is a real difference in perception between Japanese and other people. They do so many things so differently from other people that it makes me wonder. Take their names for colors for example. In the Japanese mind, until recently there was no real difference between green and blue, and we still say in Japanese that “the lights have turned blue” or the “rolling blue hills of forests”. Or perhaps I have just been reading to much Saussure and Derrida recently? But seriously, I have a pet theory that Japanese have a more focused vision, more narrow, than for example, Chinese and westerners, whom it seems have a broader, less focused vision trained or altered by nature to take in wider expanses. It would explain a lot! (^-^) Perhaps a good ethnologist or anthropologist would be able to explain this better…


  4. amblerangel said, on November 17, 2010 at 10:00 pm

    I’m going to check this out. Your photos are my personal tour director…..Thanks!


    • tokyobling said, on November 18, 2010 at 12:51 am

      Hi! Thanks for the kind comment! The garden festival is over, unfortunately, but check out their homepage, always good information on upcoming events and restaurants in the area!


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