The famous and timeless rock garden of the Ryoan-ji Temple, Kyoto, Japan.  This temple was constructed in the 1400s but looks modern, spartan and timeless.

The famous and timeless rock garden of the Ryoan-ji Temple, Kyoto, Japan. This temple was constructed in the 1400s but looks modern, spartan and timeless.

Ryoanji temple under the spring rain. Ryoan-ji (The Temple of the Dragon at Peace) is a Zen temple located in northwest Kyoto, Japan. In 1450, Hosokawa Katsumoto, another powerful warlord, acquired the land where the temple stood. He built his residence there, and founded a Zen temple, Ryoan-ji. During the Onin War between the clans, the temple was destroyed. Hosokawa Katsumoto died in 1473. In 1488, his son, Hosokawa Matsumoto, rebuilt the temple.

Ryoanji temple under the spring rain. Ryoan-ji (The Temple of the Dragon at Peace) is a Zen temple located in northwest Kyoto, Japan. In 1450, Hosokawa Katsumoto, another powerful warlord, acquired the land where the temple stood. He built his residence there, and founded a Zen temple, Ryoan-ji. During the Onin War between the clans, the temple was destroyed. Hosokawa Katsumoto died in 1473. In 1488, his son, Hosokawa Matsumoto, rebuilt the temple.

Moon, Ryoanji. Woodblock print by 加藤晃秀 (Teruhide Kato). From a set at http://www.hanga.co.jp/shopbrand/002/003/X/

Moon, Ryoanji. Woodblock print by 加藤晃秀 (Teruhide Kato). From a set at http://www.hanga.co.jp/shopbrand/002/003/X/

Japanese Temples - Rock Garden, Ryoanji Temple

Rock Garden, Ryoanji Temple

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