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Now is the time to visit the Japanese garden in The Hague

Due to its extreme fragility, visitors have only a limited time to enjoy the exquisite beauty of the garden in the Netherlands

  • May 12, 2019 17:00
  • Author Aseniya Dimitrova
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Source: The City of Hague/ denhaag.nl

With the arrival of spring, the urban landscape we live in, is entirely transformed by nature. This is more than obvious when it comes to the city of Hague, which has recently unveiled one of its most valuable treasures – the Japanese garden, located in the Clingendael estate. With limited access due to its extreme fragility and delicacy, the garden is open only for two short periods annually, one of which is happening now – between 27 April and 10 June, from 9.00 to 20.00 hrs. Apart from the limited time, visitors are to take into account several other rules, enforced with the objective of preserving the fragile garden. You can familiarise yourselves with the ruleset at this link.

Created in the beginning of the last century, by the former owner of the estate of Clingendael, Marguérite M. Baroness van Brienen, known as Lady Daisy, the garden is a product of several trips to the Asian country around 1910. Carrying them by ship, Lady Daisy brought to her home several lanterns, a water cask, sculptures, the little bridges and likely - the pavilion that can still be seen today.

Thus, the garden is an example of Japanese culture on the Old continent and the United States. It symbolizes the progress the country has made after it opened its ports in 1860 following a centuries-long policy of complete isolation. The latter has had a remarkable effect on the gardening style, together with the Shinto religion, Buddhism and Chinese culture.

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