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Kyoto (京都市) - Arashiyama (嵐山)

Tenryū-ji (天龍寺) is the main temple of the Rinzai sect of Buddhism in Kyoto; it's also considered one of Kyoto's Five Great Zen Temples. Tenryu-ji was founded in 1334, but the current buildings all date from the last century: pleasant, but unremarkable. However, there is a lovely garden and pond, designed by the Zen master Musō Soseki, that is worth a look - and well worth taking a leisurely stroll around. After your walk, head out the back way and through the splendid bamboo forest to reach the Ōkōchi Sansō Villa.

Taking a stroll around the dry Zen Garden.

Like waves on water.

The Japanese rock garden (枯山水 karesansui) or "dry landscape" garden (aka zen garden), creates a miniature stylized landscape through carefully composed arrangements of rocks, moss, pruned trees and bushes, and uses gravel or sand that is raked to represent ripples in water. A zen garden is usually relatively small, surrounded by a wall, and is usually meant to be seen while seated from a single viewpoint outside the garden, such as the porch of the hojo, the residence of the chief monk of the temple or monastery.

Classical zen gardens were created at temples of Zen Buddhism in Kyoto, Japan during the Muromachi Period. They were intended to imitate the intimate essence of nature, not its actual appearance, and to serve an aid to meditation about the true meaning of life.

The Family - The Photographer.

Kyoto's Bamboo Grove

Cab driver.

Step by step… We reached the Gion district (祇園) and were blessed by the magic view of a Maiko (Geisha apprentice), see her?



kathryn.villar@yahoo.com said...

Hi! I love your pictures. Can you tell me what camera you are using for this Japan trip? Thank you!

Clau said...

Glad you like them!! It's my husband who takes most of them, when we moved to Japan he got a new camera and it shows he's getting good at using it.

The pictures from Kyoto are taken using NEX 7 (24mm, 50mm, 18-200mm) and some other pictures are taken with Fuji X100. Both are great cameras, I think that Enrique's favourite lens is the 24mm

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