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Osaka Castle
Name:Osaka Castle 



 
Alternate Name:Osaka-jo; Osakajo 
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City:Osaka-shi 
State:Osaka-fu 
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Country:JAPAN 
Latitude/Longitude:lat=34.667; long=135.5
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Designer(s):Shigemori Mirei 
Contruction Date:1972 (garden) 
Public/Private:PUBLIC 
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Added to JGarden:9/6/2004 
Last Updated:9/6/2004 
JGarden Description:Features a concrete and stone design in the shape of a Hyotan (gourd). The hyotan was also the symbol of Toyotomi Hideyoshi, the patron saint of the nearby shrine. The tsukiyama is repeated in a gourd shaped mound with batches of moss and stone surrounded by a white tile-topped wall. They do a unique tea ceremony in the garden once each year. Instead of a teahouse, there is a red tent. In the spirit of Shigemori, they also perform a Coffee Ceremony using the Kouhi-do discipline. 




A Pair of Stones

Two chunks of gray-green stone,
their shapes grotesque and unsightly,
wholly unfit for practical uses --
ordinary people despise them, leave them untouched.
Formed in the time of primal chaos,
they took their place at the mouth of Lake Taihu,
ten thousand ages resting by the lakeshore,
in one morning coming into my hands!

Pole-bearers have brought them to my prefectural office
where I wash and scrub away mud and stains.
The hollows are black, deeply scarred in mist,
crevices green with the rich hue of moss.
Aged dragons coiled to form their feet,
old swords stuck in for the crown,
I suddenly wonder if they didn't plummet from Heaven,
so different from anything in this human realm!

One will do to prop up my lute,
one to be a reservoir for my wine.
The tip of one shoots up several yards,
the other has a hollow, will hold a gallon of liquid!
My five-stringed instrument leaning on the left one,
my single wine cup set on the right,
I'll dip from the hollowed cask and it will never go dry,
though drunkenness long since has toppled me over.

Every person has something he loves,
and things all yearn for a companion.
More and more I fear that gatherings of the young
no longer will welcome a white-haired gentleman.
I turn my head, ask this pair of stones
if they'd consent to keep an old man company.
And though the stones are powerless to speak,
they agree that we three should be friends.

  Bai Juyi [Po Chu-i]
  772-846

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