Suizenji Jojuen Garden in Kumamoto city(水前寺成就園, 熊本市)


Mound Fuji and a beautiful pond in a typical Japanese style garden : a duplication of a natural scenery in a smaller scale

Suizenji Jojuen garden (or simply Suizenji garden) was originally a tea house garden built in 1636, made by a local fuedal lord who ruled the Kumamoto domain (the 3rd lord Tadatoshi Hosokawa) during that time.

The grandson of the 3rd lord completed the garden which can be seen today.

The 1st lord of Kumamoto domain was Fujitaka Hosokawa, who was the man of great renown as a master of traditional Japanese waka poems and taught the poems to an Imperial prince.

The 79th prime minister of Japan Morihiro Hosokawa is from this Hosokawa family and is the current family master( the 18th generation, as of 2018).

Mound Fuji, a duplicate of Mt. Fuji, is an icon of this garden.

These rocks were all visible when the pond water dried up because of the massive earthquake happened in April, 2016

According to a local person, the water of the pond dried up soon after a large scale earthquake occurred in Kumamoto city, in April, 2016.

Areas between Mt. Aso and Kumamoto city were especially damaged by the earthquake because the epicenter was close.

Five peaks of Mt.Aso and the inside of the caldera in a rice harvest season,  October, 2018.

However, a miracle happened soon after the thorough cleaning up of the pond bottom by local people who really cares about this garden was carried out —the water came back!

Many people can probably imagine how much the loving local people felt relieved and delighted to see the pond with its original water level.

The Suizenji jojuen garden surely holds a special place in the heart of local people in Kumamoto city.

There are some other places which are still affected from the resulted damages of the earthqueke and reconstruction work is still underway, so the local people as well as entire Japan are wishing to see all these places will soon get back on their feet.