Saturday, March 14, 2009
This was such an interesting-looking tree.
The sign tells about the fountain called To-Gyoku-Sen. The fountains in this area were said to cure eye diseases.
A spout of white stone was placed in the garden as an ornament.
The spring water was used for the tea ceremonies held in the Koubun-tei House.
Window with bamboo screen. It could be closed by lifting up the shutter hanging down below that had bamboo on it too.
Pulley wheel for the dumb waiter system
Looking down the dumb waiter shaft 3 floors
This shows the dumb waiter sitting at the bottom, probably in the kitchen .
The house was built by the ninth Lord of Mito, Nariaki Tokugawa, in 1842.
The beautiful screens in each room were painted with trees and flowers
from the gardens around the house.
This is the peach room.
This is the Azalea Room
This colorful room we don't know the name for.
This room shows how the screens can be opened to allow ventilation. It has a walkway all around the outside of the house.
Sister Hartzell, Sister Hill, Elder Ferguson, Elder Zitting, and Elder Palmer with Elder Hartzell doing the photography--getting ready to enter Kairaku-en, one of the three most beautiful parks in all of Japan.
We have some good-lookin' missionaries!!
Jim looking at the map of this huge park with over 3,000 plum trees planted and in various stages of blossoming.
Two roses among the plum blossoms.