When I was exploring Hōkoku Shrine in Osaka Castle Park, I spotted a stone garden fenced in at the corner of the shrine, just beside the main hall. I learned later that it is called, 'Shuseki-tei', literally, Toyotomi Hideyoshi's stone garden. It was donated by the Kyoto Rinsen (Garden) Association in 1972, and was designed by a famous Japanese garden designer, Mirei Shigemori (1896–1975). Colorful greenish stones quarried in Tokushima are used in this garden, and I was intrigued because I saw the same kind of colorful stones on the stone walls of Tokushima Castle just recently. Unfortunately, the garden was closed. When I inquired later, the staff of Hōkoku Shrine said it's open only on special occasions, such as during Golden Week holidays in May or New Year holidays. But even though the gate was closed, I could see a lot from the gate and over the walls, though I had to stand on my tiptoes! For further guidance to Hōkoku Shrine, please refer to the links below.
Osaka Castle Park Series
1. Osaka City Museum Building
2. Hōkoku Shrine in Osaka Castle Park
3. Small shrines inside Hōkoku Shrine
4. Shusekitei in Hōkoku Shrine, Osaka
5. Beauties at Hōkoku Shrine, Osaka
6. Shudo-kan in Osaka Castle Park
7. Kyoikuto in Osaka Castle Park
8. Pretty Flowers in Osaka Castle Park
9. Animals in Osaka Castle Park
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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.