May 07, 2011

Everything is Bathed in Green Breeze, Isui-en Garden

This is my favorite Japanese garden in Nara, Isui-en Garden.

As those glasses were made in Meiji(1868-1912) or Taisho(1912-1926) eras, they are not flat or smooth but slightly uneven. So the reflections on them look dim and distorted a little.  I love these subtle images.

The garden is a stroll-through and also borrowed landscape garden. Three mountains and the magnificent roof of Great South Gate of Todai-ji Temple are incorporated to the beauty of the garden. The reflections on the glass sliding doors above is this scenery.

May is the month when we can enjoy the most gorgeous green of young leaves. The leaves show myriad shades of green and twinkle against fresh sunlight of May. The leaves are soft, gentle and fragile. The shining  leaves are reflected on the glass sliding doors. It seems as if they are condensed and frozen inside a house.

                                          
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31 comments:

  1. oh my goodness. these photos just fill the soul. thank you for sharing them!

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  2. oh, be still my heart... this is breathtakingly beautiful.

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  3. Truely beauiful and picturesque.

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  4. The fresh verdure seems to spread among my hearts...
    The space may be dyed with deep green.

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  5. Such beautiful reflections! Enjoy your weekend:)

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  6. I can only repeat what the others have said, these are exquisite captures!! I would love to be able to spend some time there! Such a peaceful, breathtaking place!
    Hope you have a lovely weekend!

    Sylvia

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  7. I love this garden. It is like a garden in a dream, natural and yet wild, a perfect combination of the two sides of life.

    In many places people rip out old glass when they renew the windows. I like to see the slightly different world through this old glass.

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  8. Isuien is a wonderful Japanese garden. So beautiful! Now,I find that the old building Isuien looks like Mikasasou by Todaiji Temple. My mother in Tokyo and sister like Mikasasou and they stay there when they visit me.

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  9. I very much like distorted glass and the reflections they capture. The garden is very beautiful.

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  10. S0 beautiful! I love the reflections!

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  11. Wow such a beautiful place and looks so peaceful!

    Weekend Reflection

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  12. So lovely and tranquil! I just love the gardens! Great reflection, too, by the way. Sorry, I am just taken by the beauty of the gardens. Nice description too.


    The Gardening Life

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  13. I can see why this is a favorite, it looks so wonderfully peaceful

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  14. The varieties of green at this time of year refresh and soothe the soul.

    "In every tree, in every wood, there is a different green" (Bilbo Baggins in "Lord of the Rings").

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  15. Gorgeous place. Between both reflection, I have a slight preference for the window's one. The shot is so clear, the colors are so bright... The view on the lake is beautiful too, of course, but it is a bit more classical, I'll say...

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  16. Beautiful place and great reflections!
    Happy weekend.
    xo

    Regina

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  17. It is so wonderful, thank you!

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  18. Thank you Snowwhite for these beautiful images and words.The Spring greens last for such a short time and so vibrant and intense in their moment of flourishing.

    Thanks for your comments on my blog.

    Have a lovely day!

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  19. wow! love the zen feel of the whole place.
    one of the places i love about Japan are their parks and gardens. ^0^

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  20. The imperfectness of the glass shows a lovely reflection! And this park is just stunning. Looks very peaceful. I love when the green fills everywhere :D

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  21. Beautiful reflection,beautiful building and a beautiful area~

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  22. Nara is so green now! You have double scenery with the wonderful reflections. I, too, love the wavy images. Your Header is just wonderful!

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  23. An eye soothing depiction(s)! Sweet revival atmosphere.

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  24. I want to live there. such beauty, it's astounding.

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  25. full of green envy. i wish to visit japan again. its a must, hoping to do it this yr end infact.

    you think it's safe by then? i want to go to kyoto, i heart it's old japan. you very lucky soul.

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  26. Beautiful house and beautiful garden

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  27. Lily, nuclear power plant issues seem to take more time than expected. We all pray for early recovery of Tohoku area.
    I feel guilty because Nara has not been affected at al and life is normal.

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  28. Jenny Wolf,
    I found not all of glasses are old, traditional ones. Some broken glasses were replaced with modern ones. They said old glasses are not produced any more. It's sad!!

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  29. Gorgeous reflections and what a quiet and serene place to be in, This place speaks to the soul...

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  30. Wonderful place! I can feel the positive energy :)
    Beautiful photos as usual.

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