The steady rain of cicada chirps that during summer rang from Murin-an to the Higashiyama mountains has died down considerably now, going from a grand chorus to a quartet, and finally to a solo song.
Last week, looking at the garden as a performance hall, it felt as though we were enjoying natural music, with the cicadas’ chirps performing melodies to the continuous accompaniment of the stream’s cascades.
With the passing of just a little more time, we’ll be able to hear yet another concert. And next summer, a grand symphony will resonate from Murin-an’s stage.
When the sun begins setting, we can now see numamutsu (nipponocipris sieboldii) fish leaping from the water’s surface where Murin-an’s stream widens. We don’t know if they’re aiming for insects above the water or if they’re trying to dodge one another after a near-miss encounter underwater, but they leave ripples everywhere.
On the afternoon of August 28 (Wed.), in the 8-tatami mat space of the main house’s first floor, we held a mini-lecture on the Eurasian Nuthatch. While we were explaining why in Japan this bird is called a “forest ninja” and the strange things it does to build a nest, the lecture’s 30 minutes blew by before we knew it.
Today,we are open from 9:00am.
The typhoon has passed, no major damage occurred at Murin-an garden.
Our entire staff awaits your visit to Murin-an today!
We closed the garden 8/15 because of the typhoon.
We will post a notice on this Facebook account when it opens on 8/16.
At evening, at a time when the sky suddenly cleared, for just a moment there was a rainbow that could be seen together with the rising mist from the Higashiyama valley making the mountain ridge before it shine.
We pruned the fir on the northeast side of the main house. We pruned it so that the breeze now passes through it easily. By allowing wind to pass through the tree, we help prevent it from falling over during typhoons and other strong wind events.
We encountered a black and white butterfly on top of a leaf dappled in sunlight. It continued its pose of flying around and then slightly stretching its wings to rest before finally flying deeper into the garden. This butterfly has a unique white striped pattern set against brown and black colored wings.
On the afternoon of July 31 (Wed.), we held a comprehensive lecture on the lifestyles of wild birds and how they make use of Murin-an’s gardens and its trees.
At the end of the lecture, we had our participants look at picture postcards of the Murin-an wild birds discussed at our first fifty lectures and enjoy their colorful illustrations.
On the afternoon of July 26 (Fri.), Japanese Friendship Garden of Phoenix (Ro Ho En) Executive Director Reiko Yasui visited Murin-an!
Together with Tomoki Kato, the president of Ueyakato Landscape, the designated management company for Murin-an, Ms. Yasui gave a talk in the main house about garden technology and the intent behind Murin-an’s design. After the talk, she took a walk around the garden with us.
Ro Ho En was constructed in 1987 through joint efforts made by Phoenix and Hyogo Prefecture’s Awaji after the two became sister cities in 1976.
For us as well, it is a great pleasure to be able to use the theme of Japanese gardens to connect with the world. We look forward to exchanging more information with Executive Director Yasui in the future!