Kyokusui-no-en is a traditional poetry recital in which participants dressed in traditional clothing sitting by a winding stream must compose a “tanka” poem before a cup of sake floats past them. Once completed, each poem is read aloud by a member of the Imperial Household.
Kyokusui-no-en is a major event at Sengan-en and is held once a year. This year will celebrate 400 years since the death of legendary general Shimadzu Yoshihiro.
Yoshihiro was known for his exploits on the battlefield, and his fearsome reputation earned him the nickname “demon” Shimadzu. He was also an avid practitioner of tea and cultural activities.
This event is free with entry to Sengan-en.