I got up early in the morning and headed to the Kenrokuen Gardens, the primary purpose of my visit to Kanazawa.
At first it was clear, though there was quite a lot of snow around …
… but before too long, it started snowing quite heavily.
It had been snowing heavily for some days, very unusual for this time of year.
This is the entrance where I went in. I could tell there were few ahead of me from the footprints in the snow. The gardens were exquisite with their heavy winter coating.
The surface of the pond is largely frozen, though not on this edge and not on the far side.
I stopped for a while in this tea house and had a conversation with a Japanese woman who was an English teacher from Tokyo, visiting on holiday.
Kenrokuen is said to be one of the three most beautiful Japanese Gardens – and according to some, the best. It means “Six Attributes Garden” as it is said to display the perfect combination of spaciousness, seclusion, artifice, antiquity, water-courses and panoramas. These are traditional 11th century Chinese criteria.
The last image was taken three hours later, in early afternoon. It’s not snowing at this point and the trees in the background have lost most of their snow, probably knocked out by the attendants with long poles. The water is evidently not too cold for carp.