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Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden marks its 100th Commemoration

May 23, 2006

photo:Minister Yuriko Koike On April 28, the ceremony marking the 100th anniversary of the establishment of Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden was held. During the ceremony, Minister Yuriko Koike of the Environment commended individuals who have made great contributions to conserve nature. Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi also attended the reception.
Shinjuku Gyoen is widely popular as one of the most important National Gardens with a large area and wealth of nature in the center of Tokyo, gathering over a million visitors per year. It offers not only environmental education fieldtrip and outing activities, but also a "cool island" space within the city which mitigates the heat island effect.

Photo:Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden Shinjuku Gyoen was constructed on the site of a private mansion belonging to Lord Naito, a "daimyo"(feudal lord) of the Edo era. Completed in 1906 as an imperial garden, it was re-designated as a National Garden after World War II and opened to the public.
58.3 hectares(144 acres) in size and with a circumference of 3.5 km, it blends three distinct styles, French Formal, English Landscape and Japanese Traditional, and is considered to be one of the most important gardens from the Meiji era.

Many other events are planed in commemoration of 100 years of Shinjuku Gyoen:

  • Registration for "International Agenda for Botanic Gardens in Conservation" (April 2006)
    http://www.bgci.org/worldwide/international_agenda_progress/
  • "Cool Island" Experience Event in Summer (July or August 2006)
  • Life Style Forum (November 2006)
  • Chrysanthemum Exhibition (November 2006)
  • Renewal Open of Mother and Child Forest (February 2007)
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