Depending on the annual growth-cycle trimming of the O-karikomi in the main garden happens once or twice per annum. Tuning the hako-zukuri part of this O-karikomi box topiary ‘sculpture’ is done at least twice a year.
Because the hako-zukuri and karikomi objects in the center part are much smaller it is important to threat according to a different time-schedule so that its retains its typical shape year round.
In my post Timing for box-topiary trimming I already stipulated the importance and restrictions around timing of these activities.
The o-karikomi sculpture represents a treasure ship carrying the Shichifukujin, ‘seven lucky Gods of Japan‘ (‘Shichi’ means seven, ‘fuku’ means luck, and ‘jin’ means god) or actually the ‘seven gods of good luck’ of Chinese mythology. Sometimes these are referred to as the Shichigosan or Shichi Go San, which seams to have a different meaning but still relates to the number seven. Note that these photo’s only show the center part. For the full picture follow one of the links.