Friday Photo: Kyoto Imperial Palace’s Beauty Secret

Sweeping the pond in the Kyoto Imperial Palace

A secret behind the beauty of the gardens of Kyoto Imperial Palace: sweeping the pond clean. I think it’s quite charming to see these gardeners in their traditional working uniforms, and this is the only place I’ve ever seen someone sweeping out a body of water.

Have you seen any interesting gardeners? Any traditional styles of landscaping that struck you as unique? Post your comments below!

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13 Responses to “Friday Photo: Kyoto Imperial Palace’s Beauty Secret”

  1. Todd
    7 May 2010 at 10:54 am #

    Beautiful picture! Thanks for the link to Anil’s site :)
    .-= Todd´s last blog ..Growling Elephants in Sri Lanka- Travel Photo Friday 4 =-.

    • Dina
      7 May 2010 at 11:14 am #

      Your article is great, so I’m happy to do so :)

  2. Sabina
    7 May 2010 at 2:38 pm #

    Oh, really, really cool. Sweeping the pond clean. Sweeping probably actually does get it clean, right? I love it!

    • Dina
      8 May 2010 at 2:29 am #

      Thanks! I wonder though, how long will this method of cleaning take to clean the whole ponds! But they looked so cute in action :D

  3. Eli
    8 May 2010 at 12:06 am #

    Nothing like stepping out into the pond in pajamas and rain boots to do some old-fashioned pond-sweeping! This is great. I can’t wait to go to Japan.

    • Dina
      8 May 2010 at 2:35 am #

      Love the way you say it “Nothing like stepping out into the pond in pajamas and rain boots to do some old-fashioned pond-sweeping!” :D

  4. Jenna
    8 May 2010 at 2:31 am #

    Hi Dina,
    Interesting to see them working like that. I didn’t see that while in Japan but did see plenty of gardens that we adored. My husband is really into landscaping/horticulture, so he was especially interested in all the gardens. I think Japan has to be one of the most aesthetically pleasing places, and the gardens are part of it!
    I hope to see more of your pics from Japan!
    Jenna :-)
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    • Dina
      9 May 2010 at 8:17 pm #

      Hi Jenna. We were quite surprised when we saw some people were inside the pond sweeping. I can imagine your husband must like doing garden hopping there! Even when the size is small, they have this illusion that the garden is bigger than actual size, very interesting! That plus old temples and building. Kyoto is really pretty indeed. I’ll dig out more pics from there!

  5. Nancie (Ladyexpat)
    10 May 2010 at 12:25 am #

    Lovely shot!

    We have a beautiful arboretum here in Daejeon that I love walking through in the spring.
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    • Dina
      10 May 2010 at 7:08 am #

      Daejeon sounds lovely, I hope I will see that one day :)

  6. Jen
    12 May 2010 at 5:19 pm #

    Never does it occur to most people that something so beautiful and inspiring might require maintenance. Beauty has a price. That this scene struck you as picture-worthy says a lot about your character. =)

    Looking forward to seeing more pix.
    .-= Jen´s last blog ..Ignore The Nay-sayers, Shun The Non-believers =-.

  7. Dina
    13 May 2010 at 11:35 am #

    Thanks Jen! We were so lucky that we happened to see them working. I found that charming :)

  8. Maria Pavel
    1 March 2011 at 8:27 am #

    OMG, my biggest dream is to move to Japan when i can afford a living there. I hear prices are really high in the city and rents are a killer. But looking at that picture i feel it’s all worth it.
    Can’t beat Japan.
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