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This is Kiyosumi Garden in Fukagawa, Koto-ku of the Tokyo downtown area. It is supposed that the mansion of Kinokuniya Bunzaemon, the wealthy merchant of the Genroku Era of Edo, was located in this ground. When it entered at Kyoho era of Edo, it became a villa of the local lord of Shimofusa and the foundation of the garden was made. It went into Meiji Era, Yataro Iwasaki who is a founder of the Mitsubishi zaibatsu bought the desolate residence place, and it started an employee's consolation and development of the garden aiming at guest entertainment. Drawing the water of Sumida River in the pond of a garden etc. added the hand greatly, and the Yanosuke Iwasaki for which the Mitsubishi president's post was succeeded looked at the completion as a stroll garden in 1891. Then, although it suffered serious damage from the Great Kanto Earthquake which occurred in 1923, it became neighboring resident's evacuation area unexpectedly, and many human lives were saved. Hisaya Iwasaki of the third generation of Mitsubishi presented the east half of the garden in 1924 to Tokyo as a park lot. The library is built by the land to which it was presented, now. It opened as Kiyosumi Garden in 1932 for ordinary persons. This garden is specified as the scenic spot in Tokyo.
When I visited here, Japanese wax tree(Rhus succedanea) had dyed red exactly.

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