HOSEN-IN TEMPLE GARDEN

Hosen-in is one of the subtemples at the foot of Mt. Hiei in Ohara where monks from the Tendai sect temple, Enryaku-ji, come to study Buddhist chanting. The temple was partly rebuilt in the 17th century with timber from Fushimi Castle, after its warlord was defeated. Floor- boards stained with blood from battle were reverently…

SANZEN-IN TEMPLE GARDEN

In former times, a day-long journey through a narrow, mountain pass along the Takano River was the only approach from Kyoto to Ohara. The village’s farmers, woodcutters, and charcoal makers supplied the city’s temples with food, lumber, and fuel. Shaded by the Eastern Mountains, Ohara is just elevated enough to be a bit cooler than…

Shugaku-in Imperial Villa

A border of terraced, imperial rice fields and a backdrop of the Eastern Mountains gives this imperial villa its distinctly rustic setting. The grounds are vast yet airy, with stretches of filtered sunlight highlighting the mossy groundcover. On the lower level is one of the garden’s horticultural marvels—maple trees that have been delicately grafted to…

Ginkaku-Ji Pure land Garden, Kyoto

An earthly paradise was the model for this temple’s garden, as for its predecessors, Kinkaku-ji and Byodo-in. Reaching back through the centuries, Buddhist teachings revealed that Amida Buddha, the compassionate Buddha, would descend to help those who invoked his name and welcome them to the Pure Land. Built at the foot rather than atop a…

Nanzen-Ji Temple Garden, Kyoto

Resting in the shade of the Eastern Mountains, Nanzen-ji provides a pleasing contrast to the austere gardens typical of Rinzai-sect Zen temples. Four of the twelve subtemples are open to the public, as are some lovely stroll gardens. Once the villa of Emperor Kameyama (1249–1305), the grounds were converted into a temple after his abdication…

Kennin-Ji Temple Garden, Kyoto

Kennin-ji was built in 1202 and is Kyoto’s eldest Zen temple. On the south border of Gion, Kennin-ji sits at the heart of Kyoto. The city has many classic Zen gardens, but Kennin-ji’s rock and sand landscape—free from the distractions that fragrant or colorful flowers might bring— offers a respite from the noisy, bustling world…

Moss

Mosses are tiny Gods and they are worshiped, protected and loved by Japanese culture. Soft, tender and sensitive, green and lively carpets of Life.. Mosses are small flowerless plants that typically grow in dense green clumps or mats, often in damp or shady locations. The individual plants are usually composed of simple leaves that are…

Dream Window : Reflections on the Japanese Garden

Dream Window: Reflections on the Japanese Garden. Experience a breathtaking journey through some of the most exquisite gardens in the world. Renowned for their beauty, Japanese gardens have been retreats for people to rediscover the natural world for more than 1,000 years. Dream Window reveals the secrets of both classical and contemporary Japanese gardens, including…

Around the world in 80 Gardens : Japan and China

A BBC documentary about Gardens. This a trip around the world in 80 gardens.In this episode we explore Gardens in Japan and China. their similarities their differencies how the Japanese created a unique style inspired by the Chinese.     Photo: Tofuku-ji Temple, a Garden designed by Mirei Shigemori

Japanese Gardens

A “BEGIN Japanology” video about Japanese Gardens. This time on Japanology Plus, the theme is Japanese gardens, compact evocations of nature’s majesty. Japan has many garden styles: from tea gardens, to the dry gardens of Zen Buddhism, to the pocket gardens of city-dwellers. Its expert guest is Takahiro Naka, a professor of garden history who…

Teachings of the Honorable Daimin

silent prayers footsteps on the wooden Hojo porch the tigers move slowly Photography by Japanaibunka, Nanzen-ji Temple (26.03.16) Kyoto    

Satoyama-Japan’s secret watergarden

Each home has a built in pool or water tank that lies partly inside, partly outside its’ walls… A continuous stream of spring water is piped right into a basin, so freshwater is always available. People rinse out pots in the tank and clean their freshly picked vegetables. If they simply pour the food scraps…