This is the bimonthly information program of Murin-an Garden.
It provides information on Japanese gardens, invitations to events that help foster the garden and seasonal highlights.
The name of this bimonthly is Sara-Sara News.
What does “sara-sara” mean? In Japanese, this word is used to evoke a gentle rustle or murmuring sound in nature. We have adopted it from a passage in a poem by Yamagata Aritomo, Murin-an’s original owner. It reads
At the end of a water stream/That murmurs gently as it travels hidden beneath the shade of trees/I see a fish leap
We chose this publication’s title to reflect our hope that, like the ceaseless flow of the murmuring brook flowing around Murin-an, the encounters here will produce a current toward nurturing Japanese gardens for the future.
The beautiful autumn leaves have brought us a much-awaited fall season. This is the time when gardens viewed from inside a room take on a whole new charm. As a matter of fact, when gardeners tend to their gardens, they also consider the view from the inside of rooms. Because garden trees nearby buildings especially stand out, gardeners strive as much as possible to prune them naturally to keep them from looking like they have been trimmed, while also preventing them from looking heavy and shaggy by gently tidying their branches just enough so that the scenery behind them remains visible. Conversely, they also prune the trees along the garden’s outer circumference, which is the most distant scenery seen from inside a building, so that it forms a skyline and also screens out the buildings outside the garden. This autumn, take your time in enjoying the branches of the maple trees as well as their fall colors.