World Literature Today|Spring 2020
Mukōjima-Hyakkaen was first established in the early years of the nineteenth century by a wealthy antiques dealer who, with the help of several prominent artists of the period, built a garden where writers could surround themselves with blooming flowers and trees at any time of the year. Despite severe damage from aerial raids during World War II, Mukōjima-Hyakkaen remains the only surviving Edo-period flower garden in Japan.
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