Experience Japanese Waka world in Rikugien
Sacred historical virtual tour with beautiful graphics and old maps
Be healed by the power of nature and art through an immersive virtual tour of the scenic Rikugien Garden in Tokyo. Japanese poetry, or ‘Waka’ has been enjoyed now for centuries. However, the simplistic beauty of the form is perhaps no better visually represented than in the Rikugien Garden, tucked away in Tokyo’s bustling metropolis. Here, beautiful stories of waka poetry are met with a lush utopian getaway of rolling hills, winding pathways, quaint bridges and a tranquil pond.
Inspired by 88 different wakas, daimyo (Japanese feudal lord) Yoshiyasu Yangisawa took 7 years to complete the stunning Rikugien Garden. Created during the 17th century Edo period, the grounds are split into three themed sections, which all hold historical relevance to the Waka: Wakanoura, Wakayama, Yoshino, Nara and Shaoxing, China. Each of the three areas reflects symbolically differing cultures and religions. Using maps and historic materials, this unique tour gives you the opportunity to meander through the sacred and magical garden, immersing yourself in the serenity, while enjoying Waka verses; all from the comfort of your own home. What’s more, with the help of experienced guides, you will be able to try your hand at reading Wakas for yourself, and discover the true message Yoshiyasu wanted to convey to people over three centuries ago.