Aesthetically Mukojima is quite different from any public garden I have seen in Tokyo. The free range nature is very different from the highly constructed, but ultra minimalist Zen gardens like Ryoanji in Kyoto. And different again from the manicured Chinese style gardens like Koishikawa Korakuen. It reminds me of Hiro's mother's garden or of the gardens in front of the public housing nearby that has just been torn down. By conventional standards it is somewhat unkempt - 'weeds' don't seem to be pulled out, plants aren't standardized into neat rows, there is little in the way of bare soil or conspicuous cultivation. It seems like a kind of a 'plants rights' garden - just grow happily, wherever. And yet there is a balance and beauty in the seeming lack of order that creates its own harmony. Hmm... it's a difficult concept to express... This website has a reasonable stab at explaining this idea somewhat, in the context of wabi sabi - a word that seems more popular in western interior design and architecture magazines than it is in Japan.
|Mukojima Hyakkaen (Mukojima 100 flowers park)|
Higashi Mukojima, Sumida-ku, Tokyo
near Keisei Hikifune, Tobu Oshiage stations.
|A tea house|
|Jungle in the park|
|Classical Japanese garden features|
|A bit hazy, but Tokyo Sky Tree is nearby.|
|Free range plants.|
|A clover tunnel|
|A ... flower...|
|The wisteria on the trellis above had finished blooming -|
but looks out on a very peaceful aspect.
|some of the 100 flowers of the garden|