紅葉の由志園 [Autumn leaves at Yushien]

由志園 [Yushien], in my opinion, is the best japanese garden I have seen so far. Yushien is located on 大根島 [Daikon island]. this small island was formed thousands of years ago by volcanic ash, and the quality of the soil makes it perfect for cultivation. Peonies are grown and exported, the flowers are also used to die fabrics. Daikon shima is also famous for growing ginseng.

You can enjoy the seasonal colours at Yushien, popular times are from between April and May, when the peonies are in full bloom. There are also winter Peonies during December to January.
However at this time of year, for a limited time, you can see the autumn leaves and the gardens stays open after dark and are all illuminated with lanterns and candles. We wanted to see the illumination but it’s a little difficult when you have to very young kids with you, so we went during the afternoon.

The real occasion for us going to Daikon Shima in the first place was to visit our friend, Toshinori-San. We first met Toshinori-San through Takeda Jewellery. Toshinori specialised in diamonds and at the time me and partner (who is my wife now) was looking for an engagement ring and wedding bands. Anyway we grew fond of Toshinori-sans kindness and character and we became friends.

Toshinori-san loves agriculture and he has pots of land around the island, on which he grows various things through out each season. At the moment he planted over 500 onion seeds in one plot of land. And he has oranges, yuzu, and mandarines growing on another. We actually received a few kilos today from him to take home. Toshinori-san and I both share a common interest, and thats fishing. He lives right on the edge of Naka Umi which is connected to the Japan Sea. He owns a couple of boats which he takes out fishing. He is very knowledgeable when it comes to fishing in this area.

Anyway, today we decided to catch up with him at Yushien to see the Autumn Leaves and to meet the kids.

If your interested, Yushien is located at 1260-2 Yatsukacho Hanyu, Matsue, Shimane Prefecture 690-1404, Japan.

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They also have a store inside the garden selling various japanese crafts and materials that have been dyed using Peonies.

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