1579-1647. His real name was Kobori Masakazu, and he also used the pen name Kohō. He was an architect and garden designer, as well as being a feudal lord of the early Edo period. He produced many superior architectural works and gardens, and was also founder of the Enshū tea ceremony school. From 1606 he was active in construction projects for the imperial household and the shogunate as sakuji bugyō (construction magistrate), and in 1623 he became magistrate of the Fushimi district, and later succeeded Furuta Oribe as tea ceremony instructor for the shogunal house. The gardens of Sentō palace, Konchiin temple, and Kohōan temple are known as his work.
Japanese Garden Dictionary: A Glossary for Japanese Gardens and Their History
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