First of all I want to start this post by saying I am in no way making light of Typhoon Jebi- a storm that left a trail of destruction, heartbreak and loss across Japan. The storm also, unfortunately, caused large scale damage to the gardens at Tenshi no Sato.
This particularly sad because the gardens at Tenshi no Sato are not merely designed to be beautiful but are also of historic significance.
Takeuchi Seihō (竹内 栖鳳, December 20, 1864 – August 23, 1942) was the pseudonym of a Japanese painter of the nihonga genre, active from the Meiji through the early Shōwa period. One of the founders of nihonga, his works spanned half a century and he was regarded as master of the prewar Kyoto circle of painters. His real name was Takeuchi Tsunekichi.
Due to his travels in Europe, he was exposed to a number of western styles and ideas. Visiting Dresden Zoo, he was able to see a lion for the first time and painted it for one of his screens. Another work were two panels of elephants. Later in his life he returned to more traditional Japanese motifs and painted smaller animals such as cats and fish.(wikipedia)
As you can see Tenshi no Sato being a shrine to the master artist gives it special historical status as well as being home to Super Dollfie. It’s a very special place! There’s even a cherry tree that is over a hundred years old that was planted by the artist himself.
Typhoons are, of course, not uncommon in Japan. Typhoon Jebi caused so much mass destruction and death and the reach was widespread across the country:
Jebi was particularly destructive on a level that also affected the beautiful gardens and historical buildings at Tenshi no Sato. As such the gardens and historic artist studio has been closed to initiate repairs for the beautiful grounds. This includes damage to Kasumi-kan’s main house and damage to Taisho era glass:
Leaking and damage to the roof of the structure:
Unfortunately there was also extensive damage to the trees and plants in the garden including the aged cherry blossom tree…
Not to fear! Volks has hired a team of experts to preserve both the structure and the tree- though they are expecting the project will take many years. Currently the garden is closed to visitors. Let’s send them best wishes and hopes for an easy. straightforward repair process so the gardens can be open to the public again soon!
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