Ryūgū-jō

Ryūgū-jō
The Autumn Garden.
Ryūgū-jō
The Winter Garden.

Ryūgū-jō

Ryūgū-jō (竜宮城, 龍宮城) is the home of Ryūjin the Dragon King of the Sea, mentioned in the tale Urashima Taro the Fisher Lad.

The place is described as having a magnificent gate, with sloping roofs. The servants of the palace are fish.

The rest of the building is built with coral and adorned with pearls, the beauty so great it cannot be described. There is a beautiful garden for every season. The south garden having trees of summer, the west trees in autumn. The ground of the north garden is white with snow, with the east full of plum and cherry blossom.1

Footnotes

1. Ozaki, Y.T. (1903) “The Japanese Fairy Book”. Westminster: Archibald Constable & Co. Ltd.

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