Kare sansui garden -- dry landscape garden -- located behind the hojo at Shokokuji, Kyoto. With pebbles laid in the bed of the â€œstreamâ€ to represent water, it is a fine example of dry landscape garden. However, the editor does not know the date of this garden, whether it dates from Muromachi, as does Shokokuji, or whether it is a later addition.
The study on the edge of the lower, new garden (it is not a tea cottage; it was built as a study, a place for the study and writing of poetry). The upper residence and â€œinner gardenâ€ were constructed in the early Edo by Jozan, a former samurai who exemplified the interest of the upper classes in renewed study of things Chinese in the early Edo period.
Dry landscape garden at Ryoanji viewed from northeast corner, just inside entrance. Late spring, May 15. Bell tower just beyond west wall of garden is a relatively new addition, part of the butsuden that has been added to the west of the garden and the hojo.
View across the interior of the main hall at Ryoanji. With the fusuma sliding panels open, one can see the integration of interior and exterior spaces that typifies traditional Japanese architecture and also sense how they may be opened and closed within the interior space to define that space in different ways. This current building was moved here from another site to replace the original hall, which burned in 1789. The round wooden object in the forground is a mokugyo, a wooden â€œbellâ€ or â€œgongâ€ that is sounded by being struck with a mallet.
Image of moss garden on west side of Hojo at Ryoanji, taken in 1972, summer. Wall of rock garden, at that time, extended along west and north sides of moss garden; subsequently wall removed from moss garden. Compare with image ecasia000903. Date of original moss garden?
View of middle section of the upper pond garden at Samboin, a garden built for Hideyoshi in the late 16th c.
Moss garden located on the west side of the Hojo at Ryoanji. Kare sansui at Ryoanji is said to have been laid out in 1488 (by Soami?). Date of the moss garden? In this image note two details to compare with images I.D.no. ecasia000904 and ecasia000905: wall around west and north edges of the moss gardens have been removed, a new Butsuden has been built to the west of the moss garden, and the tree root seen in image from 1972, is still there...
Southern portion of the inner (â€upperâ€) garden as seen from the Shisendo. Built by samurai Ishikawa Jozan (1583-1672) beginning in 1636. He bacame a scholar and based Shisendo on retreats of mid-Tâ€™ang dynasty Chinese poets and scholars.
Garden at Shodenji, Kyoto. Probably late 16th c. or early 17th c. Restored during Edo period and, again, 1936. Carefully trimmed azaleas represent rocks in garden. Good example of â€œborrowed sceneryâ€ -- profile of Mt. Hiei in background is part of design of garden.
Section of the moss garden on the west side of the hojo, photo taken in 1972. Sense of refreshing cool, moist environment, in contrast to the brilliant summer sun ten feet away in the rock garden. Note the tree root here and compare to the photo from 2005, in which the trees have been removed, but the tree root remains in the lower foreground -- the moss garden, as seen in image ecasia000903, has changed and remained the same.