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View across the pond at Eikando

View across the pond at Eikando

Winter is maybe not the most popular season to visit Kyoto. It being Kyoto, it is however not hard to find beauty. Of course it’s hard to measure up to the Sakura in bloom at Nanzen-ji’s Sanmon or the blazing maple leaves at Eikando in autumn. In winter, the views are more stark and austere which has its own charm. One definite advantage is that there is no sign of the crowds that ply the sights in spring and autumn.
Sanmon at Nanzen-ji

Sanmon at Nanzen-ji

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Japan’s Zen gardens fascinate the Western world. In Kyoto there are so many of them, that even though I have already presented some pictures in the past, today I would like to share some more.
The temple complex of Nanzenji houses a number of beautiful examples of the famous dry landscape (枯山水, karesansui) Zen garden. There are large viewing gardens and courtyard gardens of all sizes, all of them beautiful in their own way.

Dry landscape garden at Nanzenji

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