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February 08, 2006

Gardens of Kyoto- Ryoan-ji

Continuing this week's series of features on the Gardens of Kyoto from our Great Gardens and Parks portfolios.

Ryoan-ji (meaning "The Temple of the Peaceful Dragon") is the archetypal Japanese rock garden (read more about rock gardens in this past Post). The small table top rock gardens that have become popular owe their inspiration in part to the 15th century anonymous karesansui masterpiece of Ryoan-ji. The garden has a unique axial configuration, so that, from any fixed point on the ground, one cannot see all of the stones in the garden. It is the ultimate rock garden of contemplation.



For More:
Profile at JGarden.org
Article from New Scientist about Ryoan-ji's appeal
Reflections on Ryoan-ji from Salon
Article about adding elements of Zen Garden design to garden projects

Posted by Michael O'Connell at February 8, 2006 06:15 PM


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