Kurimoto Japanese Garden

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Since morning glories
hold my well-bucket hostage,
I beg for water

Chiyo-Ni (1701-1775) 

Chiyo-ni, one of the few female haiku practitioners of her time, tells us that our ability to appreciate natural features can hold us captive to the extent that they supercede our basic needs, such as water and food. This waterplant growing in the midst of the Kurimoto pond certainly held mine.

A dominant physical feature of many Japanese gardens is water. Japan is a place of abundant monsoon rain, a very high humidity all year round, and a landscape of innumerable islands in the sea. This physical background from time immemorial formed Japan's indigeneous religious disposition as embedded in Shinto belief and the unique aesthetics of this island people.

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