A famous sight, the Hojo Garden and beautiful paintings on the fusuma

The term "hojo" is derived from the words "O-hojo" and "Ko-hojo," large and small "hojo", respectively. The O-hojo was part of a historic building located at the Imperial Palace in Kyoto - Kyoto Gosho. The building was dismantled and reconstructed on the temple grounds, granting a view of life at the imperial court through many beautiful paintings on fusuma (Japanese sliding partitions) credited to the Kano School of painting and considered representative of painting in the Azuchi-Momoyama Period. A total of 120 of these paintings have been specified as important cultural properties, and in 1953, the structure itself was designated an important national cultural property. In contrast, the Ko-hojo is a remnant of an old building once located at Fushimi Castle. It contains the popular "Toranoma" (Tiger Room), named for the paintings of tigers (Gunko-zu) which decorate the sliding doors of the room. These 40 paintings are attributed to Kano Tanyu, the founder of the Kano school of painting, and are registered as an important cultural property. In addition, the Hojo garden in front of the O-hojo, said to be the work of Kobori Enshu, is laid out in the Karesansui style (a style of gardening that displays landscape with sand and stones without the use of water). This garden uses six large and small stones to depict a tiger cub crossing a river, and it is known as the "Toranoko-watashi-no-niwa" garden. This garden was designated in 1951 as a national site of great scenic beauty.

Hojo garden "Toranoko-watashi-no-niwa"   Ko-hojo garden "Nyoshintei"   Rokudo garden
Hojo garden
  Ko-hojo garden
  Rokudo garden

"Gunko-zu" fusuma painting (Tiger drinking water)   "Guntsuru-zu" fusuma painting (Cranes)
"Gunko-zu" fusuma painting
(Tiger drinking water)
  "Guntsuru-zu" fusuma painting

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