Echizen Ajimano-en Park in Autumn

Tied to the Manyoshu, Japan's oldest poetry collection

By Takako Sakamoto    - 1 min read

Located in Echizen City of Fukui Prefecture, Ajimano-en Park was founded to commemorate the deep relationship of this area (Echizen and Takefu) to the Manyo-shu, the oldest collection of Japanese poetry (many famous poets in olden days read poetry on this historical, beautiful area). Also, Echizen is the place where the prince Keitai lived before he went to Kyoto to become the 26th Emperor of Japan in 507. His romance with his mistress Teruhi-no Mae was made into a famous Noh play, 'Hanagatami', by Zeami. Their statues and stone monuments stand within the park. The park is beautifully landscaped with well-maintained trees, gardens and more. Here, seasonal flowers and plants can be enjoyed throughout the year.

Echizen Ajimano-en Park Series 1. Echizen Ajimano-en Park in Autumn 2. Fukui's Ajimano Shrine in Echizen

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Takako Sakamoto

Takako Sakamoto @takako.sakamoto

I was born in and grew up in Tokushima prefecture, and have lived in many places since then: Nishinomiya, Kyoto, Nara, Mie, Tokyo, Kanagawa, Saitama, Chiba, Fukuoka and Fukui. I am currently living in Yokohama City. All the places I lived, all the places I visited, I have loved dearly. The historical places where people lived, loved, suffered, and fought - places where I can still hear their heartbeats - mesmerize me. I'd like to retrace the footsteps of the people who lived in Japan a long long time ago, and introduce to you what they left behind on this soil.