Didem Doğan

Sagano Bamboo Grove and Okochi Sansou Garden

If you walk up from the northern exit of Tenryu-ji temple you will end up at a path with a canopy of bamboo trees overhead. Long and thin bamboos shoot upward to the sky sporting leaves and form a roof over your head. It is like another planet here. So chilly like a fairy tale land. As I finish the path of bamboos I am coming across another garden at the end of the road surrounded by bamboos to the left. This place was built as the private residence of Denjiro Okochi , the famous film artist of the time. Accompanied by a few visitors who came here, I am enjoying myself walking around the villa, its garden, a tea house, a place of worship in the upper part of the garden, and a path which offers the view of the mountains in the valley. I feel surprised that the villa is so small whereas the garden is so big.