Originally built during the Edo period, the Kenrokuen Garden from Kanazawa belonged to the Maeda clan, the rulers of the Kaga Domain. The garden, as we know it today, was made by the 13th lord Nariyasu, in 1874. He designed one of the most beautiful landmarks, the Neagari no Matsu ("raised roots pine"), a pine-tree with magnificent roots rising more than 2 meters over the ground.
The technique used was to plant the tree in a raised mound and after the roots became strong enough the soil underneath was removed, thus exposing them. Today, after more than 100 years, the Neagari no Matsu is one of Japan’s most spectacular trees …
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