Sunday, January 24, 2021

Kikuya Residence Garden in Fall


The Kikuya Family were the wealthiest family in the castle town of Hagi. Though merchants were ostensibly almost the lowest class in the Edo Period social system, many became very wealthy and financed the upper samurai class and daimyos, as was the case here.

The Kikuya Residence is therefore a good example of a well preserved wealthy merchants property and so had nice gardens. I have posted on the residence and the garden earlier, but these shots are from a later visit I made in the Fall.

The gardens are meant to be enjoyed from inside the residence. After the mwiji Restoration the family constructed a newer, more modern residence next door and that had more expansive, stroll-type gardens.

I will post shots of the newer gardens later.....

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