Senganen Garden, also known as Isoteien is a Japanese style landscape garden along the coast of Kagoshima. One of the garden's most striking feature is its use of Sakurajima and Kagoshima Bay as borrowed scenery. The garden includes small ponds, streams, shrines and a bamboo grove. Senganen was constructed in 1658 by the wealthy Shimazu Clan, one of the most powerful feudal clans during the Edo Period. The Shimazu ruled Kagoshima for almost 700 years and continued to be influential into the modern era as earlyadopters of Western science and technology. At the center of the garden stands the Iso Residence. The residence was originally built in 1658 along with the rest of the garden, but the current building mostly dates back to a reconstruction in the mid 1880s.
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