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400 years have passed since the creation of Shukkeien, a designated National Scenic Beauty of Hiroshima Prefecture. Various events and exhibits are ongoing to mark this commemorative year and present the garden's attractions, including concerts, guided tours, and introductions to related works of art by curators.
Shukkeien was created in 1620 by renowned warrior and tea master Ueda Soko by order of Asano Nagaakira, daimyo (lord) of the feudal Hiroshima Domain. It was one of the earliest among daimyo gardens built throughout Japan, and it is now a favorite destination for local residents and visitors alike to appreciate the seasonal wonders of nature in the heart of urban Hiroshima.
We welcome you to enjoy the splendor of Shukkeien and feel its 400 years of history.

Shukkeien 400th Anniversary Commemorative Events

Shukkeien 400th Anniversary Commemorative Events

Shukkeien400 Year Commemorative Concerts
Music is performed by a koto - shakuhachi - flute ensemble as well as a string quartet in the fantastically illuminated evening garden.
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Guided tours with a garden design artist
Garden designer and Shukkeien supervisor Tadakazu Saito introduces the key attractions of the garden.
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Hiroshima Prefectural Art Museum400 Year Commemorative Exhibit - "Shukkeien and Period Art of Hiroshima"
Works of art related to the garden are displayed, including those by Asano Shigeakira, whose mid-Edo period renovation led to the garden's current layout, and those by other artists involved in the garden's history such as Oka Minzan.
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*This exhibit has ended.
Guide to the "400 Year Commemorative Exhibit - Shukkeien and Period Art of Hiroshima"
A museum curator talks about Shukkeien and period art in Hiroshima, with emphasis on feudal period paintings of Shukkeien and paintings of China's West Lake landscape which is said to have inspired Shukkeien's design.
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Hiroshima Prefectural Library"400 Years of Shukkeien Garden - Introduction to Its Many Attractions"
On display are panels outlining the garden's transition and related materials.
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*This exhibit has ended.
Introduction to materials pertaining to Shukkeien
Librarians introduce three selected books which provide comprehensive understanding of the garden.
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Ninomaru at Hiroshima CastleShukkeien and Hiroshima Exhibition (Shukkeien 400th Anniversary Commemorative Event)
This exhibit introduced the history of Shukkeien from past to present through panel displays in the restored buildings of Ninomaru at Hiroshima Castle, where the Asano Clan reigned over the feudal Hiroshima Domain.
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*This exhibit has ended.
Guide to Shukkeien and Hiroshima
Using paintings, postcards, and other materials, our curator explains the historical background against which Shukkeien developed and evolved.
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Ueda Ryū WafudōVideo overview of Ueda Sōko Ryū Heritage Tea Equipage
Will introduce his toughts for Shukkeien by getting close to the character of Ueda Sōko, warrior and tea master, through Ueda Sōko Ryū heritage tea equipage.
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Video contents

Midare
Concert at Shukkeien by the Hiroshima Traditional Japanese Music Federation
  • "Midare" ("Turbulence")
  • "Oimatsu" ("Old Pine")
  • "Hanamomiji" ("Flowers and Colored Leaves")
  • "Akikaze No Kyoku" ("Music of Autumn Winds")
  • "Zangetsu" ("Moon at Dawn")
  • "Aki No Uta" ("Songs of Autumn")
  • "Kagaribi" ("Bonfire")
  • "Kyochikuto" ("Oleander")
  • "Aki No Shirabe" ("Melody of Autumn")
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Clair de Lune
Concert at Shukkeien by the Hiroshima Symphony Orchestra
  • "Clair de Lune"
  • "Autumn Leaves"
  • "Eine Kleine Nachtmusik: 2nd Movement"
  • "Miagete Goran Yoru No Hoshi Wo" ("Look Up at the Night Stars")
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400 Anniversary Commemorative Exhibits
400 Anniversary Commemorative Exhibits
  • "Shukkeien and Period Art of Hiroshima"
  • "400 Years of Shukkeien Garden - Introduction to Its Many Attractions"
  • "Shukkeien and Hiroshima"
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Shukkeien and the Ueda Sōko  Ryū Tradition of Warrior Tea
Shukkeien and the Ueda Sōko Ryū Tradition of Warrior Tea
  • Ueda Sōko Tradition of Warrior Tea - A Tradition of Elegance
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Guided tours of Shukkeien
Guided tours of Shukkeien
  • "Guided tours of Shukkeien"
  • "Commentary by Garden Supervisor Tadakazu Saito Shukkeien - A Forerunner of Daimyo Gardens The thoughts of the daimyos and designers behind its creation and renovation"
  • "Commentary by Garden Supervisor Tadakazu Saito Koko-kyo  The bridge that symbolizes Shukkeien"
  • "Commentary by Garden Supervisor Tadakazu Saito The symbolism of tsurushima (crane islands) and kameshima (turtle islands)"
  • "Commentary by Garden Supervisor Tadakazu Saito Eiha-kyo, Shosen-kyo and Boshun-lyo The trio of bridges leading to enlightenment"
  • "Commentary by Garden Supervisor Tadakazu Saito Yunen-jo The most important part of the garden"
  • "Commentary by Garden Supervisor Tadakazu Saito Azumaya (arbors): Tea rooms for the daimyos"
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