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28/11/2012

The Kioto Park


The Kioto Park

This park was founded to establich friendship between the capital of Ukraine Kiev and the capital of Japan Kioto in 1972. The feature of this park is the artificial stone garden with big pagoda in the middle of the exhibition. To honor the foundation of this park Kiev got a present from japan – multystorey square colomn – granite pagoda. This cult construction holds relics and influences on the surrounding territories. These constructions can be of different shapes and looks, in this park you can see a Japanese mortar. All the details in this park are used there by a reason. The creators of the park studied the history of Japanese park culture for a long time. The representatives of architects went to Khirossima, Osake, Kiotowhere they had consultations with the curators of the parks. The specialist from japan came to Kiev to check on the construction and to tell what shoud be changed or altered in the exposition. The architects were trying to preserv the symbolic and appearance of a true Japanese park. One more feature of the park is the stone garden – here you can see the stone of honorable sitting, the cave stone, the guardian stone, the moon shadow stone, the person who doesn’t know the meaning of these stones would simply admire the poetical side of this story. But for a true Japanese person these stones represent a deep and meaningful value. In this park there used to be a lake with a little waterfall and iris bushes. You could walk right above it on three openworked bridges. Japanesetorchesattributetheuniquecolourtothisplace. It’s worth saying that each tree in this garden has its own history and aim. Also there is a Japanese maple tree as a symbol of long-term relations between Ukraine and Japan. The tree is planted among the stones not far from the stone pagoda.  

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