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Preparing for the first snow, Kenroku-en park

Along with Kairaku-en and Koraku-en, Kenroku-en in Kanazawa is considered one of the Three Great Gardens of Japan. It is famous for its beauty in all seasons and is an old private garden developed from the 1620s to 1840s by the family of Maeda, the rulers of the former province of Kaga.

Every autumn the old pine trees get roped up with poles to help the trees support the weight of the snow in winter, a technique known as 雪つり (yukitsuri).

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