SENGAN-EN GARDEN, Kagoshima, Japan

The Sengan-en Garden was realized in 1658. It is located in Kagoshima, on the Kagoshima Bay on Kyushu Island. The garden has a magnificent view of the Sakurajima island, which is home to a very active volcano. Sengan-en was created by the Shimadzu family, who owned the land for centuries. The Shimadzu developed the area with the first western industries in Japan in the 1850s. Today there are public museums relating this captivating local history. The garden design shows more Chinese influence than elsewhere due to close contacts with that culture. The garden complex covers around 12 acres. (Photos below are presented with permission from my hostess Tomomi Okumura, as my camera was not available the day of my visit to the garden complex.)

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