Detail of Zen garden in Daisen-in Temple, Kyoto, Japan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Daisen-in Zen Garden

One of Japan's most famous Zen gardens located in the Daisen-in (Great Hermit's Temple), a sub-temple of the main temple of Daitoku-ji in northern Kyoto.

The Daisen-in was founded in 1509 by the Zen priest Kogaku Sotan (1464-1548) upon his retirement as abbot of Daitoku-ji.

The entire complex is one of the most famous examples of the dry garden style known as karesansui - literally "withered mountains and water" - that can be traced back at least as far as the early Muromachi Period and the gardens associated with Muso Soseki.

More photographs of Daisen-in to come!

Photographs by Frantisek Staud


 Detail of Zen garden in Daisen-in Temple, Kyoto, Japan
 Detail of Zen garden in Daisen-in Temple, Kyoto, Japan
 Detail of snow-covered Zen garden in Daisen-in Temple, Kyoto, Japan
 Detail of snow-covered Zen garden in Daisen-in Temple, Kyoto, Japan
 View of snow-sprinkled Zen garden through the window of Daisen-in Temple, Kyoto, Japan
 Detail of snow-sprinkled Zen garden in Daisen-in Temple, Kyoto, Japan
 Zen garden of Daisen in Temple, Kyoto, Japan

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