Shokado Garden Art Museum
Shokado Garden Art Museum
Gardens • Art Museums
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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Very good

Osaka120 contributions
Nov 2017 • Solo
I went to Syokado Garden and Art Museum in Yawata city on a fine autumn day. There are some structures such as the hermitage called“Syokado”, a drawing room, three teahouses, an art museum, and a restaurant dotted in and around the garden covered with rocks, moss, bamboo groves, etc. I was able to hear the faint sound of “Suikinkutu”, a small sound making device hidden underground in the garden, through the bamboo tube standing on the ground.
A retired Buddhist monk built the hermitage at the foot of Mt. Otokoyama(2 kilometers north from the garden) in 1637 first. He named it “Syokado”(a pine and flower hall in a literal sense) and also called himself “Syokado Syojo(1584-1639)”. He was a master of the tea ceremony, calligraphy and painting. He used a cross-partitioned box, which was originally used for seeds case by nearby farmers, as a paints/tobaccos case.
Inspired by the Syojo’s use of a cross-partitioned box, the founder of some fancy Japanese restaurant started to use this type of box for a meal box and called it “Syokado Bento” around 1930s
I strolled in the garden without the bento because the garden’s entrance fee is much lower than the price of Syokado Bento at the restaurant in the garden.
Written November 5, 2017
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