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February 21, 2011

Kobai-en Garden (香梅園)

I went to Mukojima-Hyakkaen Gardens (向島百花園) to see "ume" (plum) blossoms.  At this garden, I happened to get some information about Kobai-en Garden (香梅園) at Katori Shrine (香取神社).  I decided to stop by this garden on my way home. 

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Kobai-en Garden was not so big, but I was very surprised that there were many rare kinds of plum blossoms.
In the late Edo Period, there was a large famous plum garden, called "Komurai-Baien" (小村井梅園) near the shrine.  But it was ruined by the flood in Meiji Period.  "Kobai-en" Garden was opened in 1994 by the chief priest of Katori Shrine, who had wanted to reopen the plum garden in this place.

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