Sachi`s House & Garden

Sachi’s House & Garden
by Caden Williams, Kendall Johnson, Kunal Ram, & Muskan Kaur
get my good side
the one not destroyed by leprosy
Sachi’s garden helps
symbolizing her approach to
“...feels like a dream to be
living this life...I’m always
waiting for the moment I woke
up.” (Tsukiyama 57)
Sachi’s house is defined as
her hiding spot
“It was for you and Matsu that
I came, not for myself.”
(Tsukiyama 58)
Sachi’s Garden
“A dry landscape… It’s beautiful,’ I
said, amazed at how the different light
and dark stones could create such
texture and illusion.” (Tsukiyama 40)
Different form of beauty than Matsu’s garden, Sachi’s is
more barren and simplistic.
Sachi’s Garden (Continued)
“‘How can you ruin stones, Stephen-san? You can only rearrange
them, and who knows if it won’t be for the better?’”
(Tsukiyama 77)
Sachi’s dry garden paints a picture of
her past experiences, and its beauty
shows her outlook on life.
Sachi’s House
● Once Sachi got Hansen’s disease she had
nowhere to go
● She was not brave enough to commit seppuku.
● She started hiding and Matsu found her
● Matsu took her to Yamaguchi
● She lived with Sumiko
● At first, she was afraid of the other lepers due to
their appearance but grew more accustomed to it
and befriended them
● Matsu built her a new house further from the
Mood at Sachi’s House & Garden
● Sachi’s house at Yamaguchi has significance.
● It isn’t her original home and she only moved there
because she had Hansen’s disease.
● Surrounded by a constant reminder of why she isn’t
married, has no children, and is scarred for life.
● Yet she finds happiness
● Garden helps
● Matsu and Stephen
Importance of Sachi’s House & Garden
She finds strength in herself to carry on through life and not
be overly weighed down by her leprosy. This is in a large
part due to Sachi’s frequent tending and adjusting of her
garden. It is a soothing, relaxing, and therapeutic activity.
“‘Sachi-san, you’ve only known the ordinary kind of beauty which appears on the
outside. Perhaps you now desire something deeper...’” (Tsukiyama 151)
There are multiple forms of beauty. Although many people are more familiar
with traditional beauty, like Kenzo and Sachi were considered when they were
young, there is also beauty that can be found in Sachi’s survival story and in
the emotions she portrays in her garden.
Work Cited
Tsukiyama, Gail. The Samurai's Garden. New York: St. Martin's, 1995. Print.,204,203,200_.jpg
Thanks for Watching!
Left: Sachi, when she was
the dancing queen, young
and sweet, only 17.
rocks are the only ones that understand me
them and matsu
hi i’m kenzo

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