Friday, October 3, 2014

Enshu Kobori (小堀遠州)

Enshu Kobori (1579-1647) was Japanese landscape gardener worked in Edo era (江戸時代1603-1808).

*Konchiin 金地院

He worked for both Hideyoshi Toyotomi (豊臣秀吉 1537-1598) and Ieyasu Tokugawa (徳川家康 1543-1616).
He made various architecture, but he known much as designer of tea rooms and gardens today.
His garden was characterized by straight line. Before his garden, There were no straight line in Japanese gardens. He made large straight pavement by used stones took a variety of forms, and he often effectively arranged square stones in his gardens.
Moreover, grass garden, flowerbed and daringly trimmed bushes can be seen in his garden. Because that kind of design was couldn't see before his garden, scholars are saying he was affected European garden design.

*Daitokuji Kohouan (大徳寺孤蓬庵)

Daitoku-ji Kohouan (大徳寺孤蓬庵) is said Enshu's grand sum.
There was a tearoom in the temple, it was named Bosen 忘筌. The was Shoji 障子 but it was stopped at waist height. it was also Enshu's invention.

*Daitoku-ji Kohouan Bosen (大徳寺孤蓬庵忘筌 )

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