'A Temple-Garden in Tokio', Japan, c 1874-1875.
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The garden of the Kameido Temple in Honjo-ku in Tokyo, from 'Japan: travels and researches undertaken at the cost of the Prussian government' by Johannes Justus Rein, (London, 1888). There are many of the elements of a typical Japanese formal garden, such as 'stone lanterns and rockeries, water and slight bridges, treas and shrubs under the shears, crippled firs, which are great favourites, and a kind of summer house with Wisterias (wisteria chinesis), in order to allow the hanging flower-clusters to be seen more and admired'. Rein (1835-1918) travelled throughout Japan for nearly two years between 1874 and 1875. His published observations remain a rich source of information for all aspects of Japan and its people at this time.