Ueyakato Landscape has posted a new keywords article to its English website!
Our theme this time is the waterfall.
In some of Kyoto’s earliest gardens, waterfall cascades were created at modest one-meter heights. With its lack of elevation difference, creating waterfalls inside the Kyoto Basin was a feat of the greatest difficulty. By the twelfth century, some nobles were creating retirement villas on the imperial capital’s outskirts, thus freeing them to create taller waterfalls exploiting the mountainous topography there. With Zen Buddhism’s rise in the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries, we see mountain temple waterfalls that are now conceived of symbolically, as “dragon gate waterfalls” (ryūmonbaku) enacting the Chinese legend of a carp leaping all the way up a waterfall to become a dragon.
Daimyo lords sometimes even used water pipes to create artificial waterfall designs to entertain guests. Later, modern gardens in Kyoto exploited the abundance of flowing water made available by the Lake Biwa Canal to develop waterfall scenery that was both lavish yet strikingly naturalistic.
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