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Seventeen Kyoto Gardens Described by Frois and Vilela

  • Cristina Castel-Branco
  • Guida Carvalho
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Abstract

Like the contemporary visitor to Kyoto, Frois in 1565 was enthralled with the physical surroundings of his new home. In his 2500 pages of Historia de Japam we are given many details of daily life in Kyoto, as well as descriptions of 23 temples, gardens and landscapes around Kyoto as far as Lake Biwa and Azuchi Mountain where, in 1581, he travelled to meet Oda Nobunaga. He was particularly struck by the Japanese cultural tradition, in fact, the Portuguese traders and Jesuits were witnesses (if not in part the cause) of this short but dynamic period of 30 years sandwiched between the Muromachi and the Edo periods, known as the Azuchi-Momoyama period (1568–1603), that led to the unification of Japan.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Cristina Castel-Branco
    • 1
  • Guida Carvalho
    • 2
  1. 1.Landscape Architecture Professor; Department of Natural Resources and Landscape, School of AgronomyUniversity of LisbonLisbonPortugal
  2. 2.ACB Landscape Architecture StudioLandscape Architect, MLA University of LisbonLisbonPortugal

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