A second view of the bowl named, "Summer Festival Music," an Edo period tea bowl attributed to Raku Sonyu, the fifth generation of the Raku family of potters. Interior view of the piece.
The eastern end of the rock garden at Ryoanji, viewed from the veranda along the southern side of the Hojo. The tan wall on the right is the mud wall that defines the other three sides of the garden space (the wall has been designated as a National Treasure). The white wall on the left is the west wall of the formal entrance walk to the Hojo and garden. Of particular interest in this image is the texture and color of the upright rock, which looks dark gray or black in most images, but here, because of the light, we can see that the back half of the rock is actually a light pinkish color. Of visual interest are the soft shadows on the walls, visible here because it was late afternoon on a mid-winter day, with the sun breaking through cloud cover. The chain seen hanging on the left is connected to a opening in the gutter along the edge of the roof over the entrance corridor -- water runs down the chain to the stone filled trough in the ground below the gutter.