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Kako-no-ike. Donald Neff Donald Neff
One of the Three Great Gardens of Japan is called Korakuen (k? Raku-en). Located in Okayama, Japan, it was built in 1700 by Ikeda Tsunamasa. Korakuen means “garden of pleasure after”, which is a reference to a saying attributed to Confucius explaining that a wise ruler must attend to his subjects’ needs first, and only then should he consider his own interests. Once a playground for the elite, in 1884 Okayama Prefecture took Korakuen over and opened it to the public.

In 1957 Okayama and my home town, San Jose, became sister cities. San Jose built it’s own garden in 1965, called the Japanese Friendship Garden, patterned after Korakuen, and in 1966 it’s koi ponds were stocked with koi sent from Okayama. Although koi live over 50 years with some reports of over 200 years, unfortunately in 2009 a virus wiped out much of the koi in the gardens.

This is a painting of Kako-no-ike, one of the ponds in the garden, and the eighth in my Japan studio series. I visited Korakuen January 2015 while visiting my son who has been teaching English to school kids in the area the last three years. I didn’t have time to do any paintings there, but this is my second studio painting of the garden.
Art by Independent Artists,  Paintings,  Oil
Author: Donald Neff
30.5 x  61 cm  /   12 x  24 in
Themes: Landscape  /   Genre: Realism  /   Artists types: Professional artists  /   Mounting: On Canvas  /  
Posted: december 29, 2016 / Modified: january 6, 2017
Copyright Donald Neff

Marie-Claude Lambert
Premium members Marie-Claude Lambert , January 3
Très belle œuvre !
Nathalie Martin
Premium members Nathalie Martin , January 2
Really splendid !
Marcelo Raul Vascon
Marcelo Raul Vascon , January 1
Bravo ¡¡¡ el agua esta perfecta.
Hermoso jardin.
Premium members Joper , January 1
Magnifique jardin d'eau plein de poésie où la transparence de l'eau accompagne avec subtilité ces arbres et ces rochers qui la font «vivre» merveilleusement ! ! !
Bravo à vous, tout est splendeur ! ! !
1,754 €  1,246 £  2,000 $ 
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Donald Neff
Donald Neff
Artist Painter 
San Jose, United States
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