In The Lens: The Gardens And Parks Of Yokohama

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In The Lens: The Gardens And Parks Of Yokohama
In The Lens: The Gardens And Parks Of Yokohama
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Video: 三溪園 横浜 Sankeien Garden, Yokohama JAPAN 2023, February
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I have been planning a trip to the Land of the Rising Sun for a long time. But I could never have imagined that after the route was fully developed, tickets and hotels were bought out, a Japanese tragedy would occur, which would stun and make the whole world think about the main thing, and our attention, for more than a month, would be literally "riveted" on all sources of fresh information. Upon learning of our intentions to visit Japan, many openly twisted their fingers to their temples, friends and family tried to dissuade us from a dangerous trip, but our decision was firm: "We are not changing our plans!" Approving the program with a Japanese guide a few days before the trip, I received a compliment: “You are the pioneers, because all tours were canceled until July … - and a postscript - now I am writing to you, but we are a little“afraid”, but this is not scary, this is already common a phenomenon for us …”This is true,not being afraid to reflect the real situation, the psychologist guide who studied me informed me! Looking ahead, I will note that, having visited several Japanese cities, we are really convinced that tourists have practically become "exotic" for this country.

So, in the lens - Yokohama

"Hold on, Tohoku! Come up, country! " - we saw this phrase, support-appeal at the "construction", which was hoisted on his head by an oddly dressed elderly Japanese man who was riding a bicycle along the Yokohama embankment, where the flower festival was taking place.

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With such an unusual accessory, he attracted attention: with joy and pride he posed for photo and video cameras (including ours), thus raising the spirit and mood of the residents of his recently affected country. Goldfish were gracefully splashing around his ears in plastic bags as decorations. Probably, in accordance with the plan, they should inspire hope for a miracle and symbolize the fact that only "gold" fish can fulfill practically unfulfillable desires that are so urgent for his country, and for the whole world after all that happened. I never cease to admire the strength of the spirit of the Japanese nation: a month after the tragedy, they opened the jubilee flower festival (100 years).

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Within the framework of the festival, flower sales and charity events were organized. The collected funds were sent to the victims of the March 11, 2011 earthquake.

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Yamashita Park is one of the main (along with Sankeien Park) city attractions in Yokohama. One of the oldest port parks was built in 1923 on the site of the area destroyed by the Great Earthquake, which has preserved the ruins of the tax office building to this day - a memory of that tragedy.

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Once next to them, I feel the full scale of the destruction of that time, listen to the sudden slight anxiety and suddenly understand all my helplessness in front of the force of the elements, which at any moment can again fall on this beautiful coast. It is very symbolic that we had the opportunity to be right here and at this very time, providing the Japanese people with our tiny moral and financial support (our guide said during the correspondence that 10% of his earnings would be sent to the fund for earthquake victims). Telling us the history of the park's creation, the guide, with obvious pride and optimism, puts forward a logical assumption: "Given the nature of the Japanese, I think that after this terrible earthquake, they will again create new gardens and parks at the site of destruction." “What a sad and touching story and, at the same time,a tradition worthy of admiration is the response of the great people to the merciless elements!”- rethinking what I heard, I think.

Having got acquainted in Yamashita Park with the monuments of international importance: "The Fountain of India", "The Girl in Red Shoes", "The Water Guard" (which arose as a result of friendly relations and cooperation between Japan and some countries), moving along the well-groomed green embankment, we begin to get acquainted with expositions presented at the flower festival.

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How much fantasy, colors, sense in these exhibitions! "Happiness" - what a capacious, at first glance unexpected, but so understandable and desirable word for everyone, such a name is one of the wonderful expositions. Another is "The Philosophy of Dreams". Perhaps the recent tragic events have influenced the designers - the creators who create these stunning flower arrangements. It is remarkable that with such names and their virtuoso performance they tried to bring calmness, a share of optimism and faith in a safe, cloudless future into the troubled souls of their compatriots.

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30,000 flowers adorned the waterfront and Red Brick Warehous during the festival for a month. Charity concerts, one of which we watched, perfectly complemented the festive atmosphere of the flower festival.

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We were pleasantly impressed by the townspeople, who went out together for the holiday with children and pets.

Children carefully studied the picturesque and fragrant flower arrangements, and the dogs in stylish and spectacular outfits and matching accessories willingly posed for us, like real models.

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I would like to express my deep gratitude to the organizers of the festival - the famous Japanese company "Landscape Architecture Sakurai" for this magnificent, luminous holiday - "Flower Carden 2011".

Our fascinating path passed through Yamashita Park, from whose territory a dizzying view of the sea opens, the legendary ship Hikawa-Maru (Queen of the Pacific), an openwork bridge, which is one of the landmarks of Japan, and a sea tower - a lighthouse, the highest in world standing on land.

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It is noteworthy that the building material for its construction was "a pile of construction waste", into which the once powerful walls of the building turned into as a result of the 1923 earthquake. The Minato Mirai (Port of the Future) area impressed us with a giant Ferris wheel, cozy expanses of water lined with a variety of pleasure boats and the tallest skyscraper in the country, the Landmark Tower, the symbol of the city.

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It is famous for the world's fastest elevator (listed in the Guinness Book of Records) and the observation deck, which bears the romantic name "Sky Garden", which offers a wonderful view of the port and city. Unfortunately, we didn't have to enjoy this view due to a commonplace reason - cloudy weather on the eve of rain.

Further our way lay in one of the most famous parks in Japan, a monument of history and culture - Sankeien. The park was opened in 1906 with funds from local philanthropist millionaire Sankei Hara, who made his fortune by exporting silk. The value of the park lies in the fact that here you can see 17 historical buildings brought from all over Japan, mainly from Kyoto. The three-tiered pagoda "originally" from Kyoto, built over five centuries ago, rises on a hill.

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From the very entrance to the park, it attracts the curious gaze of visitors. Having overcome several bridges, steep, moss-covered steps, and, surrounded by completely wild nature, having climbed to the very top, we study this valuable historical building up close. Bamboo thickets, bare chimerical roots of age-old trees immerse us in an atmosphere of antiquity and mystery.

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After walking a few more hundred meters, encountering ancient ruins on the way, we find ourselves on an observation deck, from which a completely different view opens up - an urban city, a port, gradually returning us to the real world.

The villa of the famous shogun Tokugawa Rinshunkaku (mid-17th century) from the Kii Peninsula, teahouses, a medieval peasant house from Gifu Prefecture - all these structures "moved" to Sankeyen Park in order to provide a rare opportunity for everyone to get acquainted with the history, architecture of Japan in one unique location.

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We also do not miss the opportunity to get acquainted with everyday life, household utensils, tools of labor, preserved in this rich medieval peasant house. The colorful, juicy, picturesque world of plants, collected from different parts of the country and the world, fascinates and impresses us. The park is the owner of several reservoirs teeming with colorful koi carps, delights with gorgeous lotuses and lilies, man-made islets immersed in the green of sakura trees, irises and the splendor of variegated azaleas.

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On the shore of the reservoir there is a specially designated place for feeding fish, turtles and birds (living creatures inhabiting the park). Huge carps, jumping out of the water with their mouths wide open, literally "over their heads" selflessly fight for the next portion of the delicacy. The turtles are clearly losing to them in this "unequal battle". Wild ducks keep a little to one side and pick up the remains from the "master's table". But having managed to pick it up, it is also necessary to defend your piece against the arrogant jackdaws, actively rushing in pursuit. We witnessed a lesson in brilliant flying skills, agility and agility that wild ducks showed us. Fascinating and exciting sight! Such a free "circus" surprised and delighted not only children, of whom there are many in the park, but also adults. Our guide, watching what was happening, exclaimed with genuine childish surprise and delight:“Well, these carps are wild animals! I never would have thought!"

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The serene landscape, the polyphony of birds and the heady aromas attract a huge number of visitors. Many wedding couples visit this wonderfully harmonious place. Exhibitions and tea ceremonies are held here. And it is here that you begin to feel with every fiber of your soul what a Japanese garden is. But this is a whole philosophy and world outlook, first of all, as well as a reverent attitude towards nature and animals.

I will try to convey my feelings with the lines of a Japanese tank:

"My heart

Carried away from me and wandered

On the spring mountains

Long - Long Day

It has lived today. " (Ki-no Tsurayuki)

Without a doubt, poems are born when you are overwhelmed by the beauty of nature.

The Japanese garden has an atmosphere of mystery and mystery, there is a spirit of antiquity, slight negligence and abandonment. It is fundamentally different from our gardens. Indeed, following the Japanese philosophy, deeply rooted in religion, nothing can be transformed and decorated. The religion of this country has elevated nature to the rank of sacred. Nature is the standard of beauty. Nature has also touched the cuisine … If Chinese cuisine is an introduction to culinary art, then Japanese cuisine is an introduction to nature. "Do not create, but find and open" is the motto of Japanese art. The main task facing the creator of the garden: to find and reveal in full the pristine beauty and value of everything that fills the garden. That is why the Japanese have a unique ability to find beauty around them (content with little) to appreciate and protect it.

As if confirming this and echoing my reflections, a group of photographers settled down on the shore of a reservoir in the park. We could not resist meeting these interesting people. In the process of communication, we found out that they sit for hours in one place, armed with binoculars, professional cameras and other attributes of modern photographers, and wait … They are waiting for nature itself to give them precious moments, to show all the beauty and mystery of this beautiful place. They know that everything in nature is perfect, one has only to be able to observe and be able to see. The fruits of their labor are unique, rare, amazingly beautiful personnel, which, moreover, are very dearly appreciated in the professional environment. We were lucky to become the owners of several of them - photographers gave us about 10 of their works as a keepsake,which even today remind us of that acquaintance and delight us with their beauty.

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It became obvious to us that photographers in this country are a kind of bridge between people and nature, give others the opportunity to see the beauty of the world around them, so talentedly perpetuating the beauty, while so simple and close, but no less amazing and exciting. For us, they have become a reflection of that very Japanese philosophy, an example of how people follow it in their daily life.

And again I will resort to Japanese poetry hakku:

“Throw a stone at me!

Cherry blossom branch

I just broke off. " (Takarai Kikaku)

The purpose of Japanese gardens and parks is to evoke in a person the ability to feel beauty in the simplest and most common, prompting the human soul to work.

What is worth bringing from this beautiful Land of the Rising Sun?

In my opinion, this is a fundamentally new level of thinking, a unique and inimitable attitude, the spirit of collective consciousness, the wealth of the soul, nobility, the ability to find joy and beauty in almost everything that surrounds us. Respect for nature, high culture and self-organization, respect and discipline, which are so inherent in the Japanese people. To the people "chosen by the Sun"!

In conclusion, I want to share thoughts and feelings that provoked me to the following conclusions. After visiting this country and deeply analyzing my impressions, I am fully confident that our landscape (and not only!) Companies, which assign themselves such fashionable Japanese names today, as well as create Japanese gardens, should understand the full degree of responsibility, have a high level of self-awareness., or maybe pass some kind of test for compliance with this name. These thoughts did not come by accident, but arose after the representatives of the company, which called itself one of the main symbols of Japan, traveling on a program developed by me for free, at the last moment refused the services of a guide,whose candidacy and cost of services were approved even before the start of the trip (at the same time the program of the trip and a 10% charitable contribution to the fund of the injured Japanese people were agreed and approved). And oddly enough, to our general surprise, we did not experience the slightest remorse.

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These thoughts became even more entrenched after the return and rethinking of everything seen, heard, palpable in the gut. A very significant contrast has emerged between the form and content of such companies. I believe that it is still necessary to earn the right to bear such names-symbols, so as not to disgrace the great and significant symbols of the Great Country, bearing colossal meaning and delightful associations. But this is already my philosophy, my additional "reward", my prize, which to my delight, I involuntarily brought from Japan …

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