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‘The Set­sugoan — the Af­ter the Snow Re­treat — stood on high ground in a hilly part of the Koishikawa district of Tokyo ... The main­te­nance of the gar­den of the Set­sugoan was all that its pop­u­lar­ity de­manded. The fo­cal point, es­pe­cially at moon-view­ing par­ties, was a pond di­rectly south of what had been the vis­i­tors’ pav­il­ion of a Nara tem­ple. Trees of an age and grandeur rarely en­coun­tered nowa­days in Tokyo sur­rounded the gar­den, and each pine, ch­est­nut, net­tle tree and oak rose ma­jes­ti­cally into a blue sky un­trou­bled by the face of any in­con­gru­ous modern con­struc­tion.’

AF­TER THE BAN­QUET (1963)

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