Ogawa Jihei VII

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Ogawa Jihei VII

Ogawa Jihei VII (小川治兵衛, Ogawa Jihei, May 25, 1860 – December 2, 1933), also known under his titular name as the seventh Ueji (植治), was a Japanese garden architect of the Meiji era and Taishō era of modern Japan.


He was born Yamamoto Gennosuke and adopted into the Ogawa family at the age of 17 with his marriage to Ogawa Mitsu.[1] After the sudden death of the sixth Ueji, he became the head of the family with 19 years. The Ueji title is a name that was given to the heads of the Ogawa family, who specialised since generations in gardening and landscape architecture for clients around Kyoto, the old capital city.[2] It is also the name of the company that is still led by the family today.

Garden of Murin-an with the Higashiyama in the background, designed by him in 1894–1898

Ueji grew up in a time when the country was rapidly changing and leaving the Edo period behind to westernise. In this uncertain time he was given the commission by statesman Yamagata Aritomo, an important figure in the political and military fields, to create the garden for his Murin-an villa in Kyoto. It was built from 1894–1898. The garden is considered one of the masterpieces of Japanese landscape architecture and has been registered by the government as an Important Cultural Property.[3]

Another noted creation of his is the gardens of the Heian Shrine.[3]


  1. ^ Tomoko Kamishima (December 2013). "Kyoto Murin-an Villa". JapanTravel.
  2. ^ "Ueji, The Genius of Water and Stone". kyoto-info.com.
  3. ^ a b Robert Ketchell (27 December 2014). "Ogawa Jihei, Japanese Garden Genius". robertketchell.blogspot.ch.

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