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Shisendo built by a former samurai named Ishikawa Jōzan (1583-1672) in 1641. Jozan devoted the later part of his life to studies, mostly Chinese classics and garden architecture. Jozan selected the name "Shisen-do" after the 36 classic Chinese poets portraits he had hanging in his study. These portraits are still visible today. Shisen-do is a lovely place with two main somewhat distinct features: the villa and the gardens. Due to a short but steep slope between them, they are almost…

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Shisendo built by a former samurai named Ishikawa Jōzan (1583-1672) in 1641. Jozan devoted the later part of his life to studies, mostly Chinese classics and garden architecture. Jozan selected the name "Shisen-do" after the 36 classic Chinese poets portraits he had hanging in his study. These portraits are still visible today. Shisen-do is a lovely place with two main somewhat distinct features: the villa and the gardens. Due to a short but steep slope between them, they are almost…

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Hoshi Ryokan in Komatsu, Ishikawa, Japan: A hotel that has been functioning for 1296 years...

A very old hotel that has been functioning for 1296 years…

Hoshi Ryokan in Komatsu, Ishikawa, Japan: A hotel that has been functioning for 1296 years...

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Sand garden in snow at Shisen-do temple, Kyoto, Japan 詩仙堂

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Shisendo built by a former samurai named Ishikawa Jōzan (1583-1672) in 1641. Jozan devoted the later part of his life to studies, mostly Chinese classics and garden architecture. Jozan selected the name "Shisen-do" after the 36 classic Chinese poets portraits he had hanging in his study. These portraits are still visible today. Shisen-do is a lovely place with two main somewhat distinct features: the villa and the gardens. Due to a short but steep slope between them, they are almost…

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Shisendo built by a former samurai named Ishikawa Jōzan (1583-1672) in 1641. Jozan devoted the later part of his life to studies, mostly Chinese classics and garden architecture. Jozan selected the name "Shisen-do" after the 36 classic Chinese poets portraits he had hanging in his study. These portraits are still visible today. Shisen-do is a lovely place with two main somewhat distinct features: the villa and the gardens. Due to a short but steep slope between them, they are almost…

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Shisendo built by a former samurai named Ishikawa Jōzan (1583-1672) in 1641. Jozan devoted the later part of his life to studies, mostly Chinese classics and garden architecture. Jozan selected the name "Shisen-do" after the 36 classic Chinese poets portraits he had hanging in his study. These portraits are still visible today. Shisen-do is a lovely place with two main somewhat distinct features: the villa and the gardens. Due to a short but steep slope between them, they are almost…

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