Kansetsu Hashimoto and Hakusasonso


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Kansetsu Hashimoto, a Japanese painter who was active from the Taisho era to the Showa era. Born in Kobe City, Hyogo Prefecture in 1891, he has been aspiring to be a painter since he was a teenager. After debuting in Tokyo, he moved to Kyoto and continued his work as a painter. He noticed the advantage of Jodoji Temple at the foot of the mountain and built his mansion in this idyllic place where the fields still spread; that is how Hakusasonso (currently Hashimoto Kansetsu Museum) was built, which was originally an atelier for his own production. The garden, which water drawn from the diversion channels, is constructed as an open view from the atelier that overlooks the mountains. In 1921, Kansetsu Hashimoto's wife donated 300 Somei-Yoshino cherry blossom trees along the canel to Kyoto City. It grew into a row of trees that created the landscape of the current famous "Philosopher's Path," and is called "Kansetsu Sakura". Kansetsu Hashimoto died in 1945.