Friday, September 30, 2011

A Japan Photo per Day - Zen Garden of the... Christian Cross

Some of the most beautiful things I have seen during my travels in Japan are the karesansui gardens, the Japanese Zen Buddhist gardens. Made of rocks, sand and sometimes moss, the karesansui Zen gardens abstractly represents miniature islands, oceans, beaches or even bridges. The water is represented with sand carefully raked to suggest the streams, the islands are illustrated with rocks and the moss evokes the woods. More than this, the Zen gardens are also allegories for Zen teachings…

But amongst all the Zen gardens, in the Zuiho-in Temple from Kyoto I found a very special one, with a supplementary level of abstraction…

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