The imperial throne room has long been used for the crowning of new emperors. The decorated panelling at the back depicts officials wearing the same court costumes as those of the T'ang dynasty of China. This period in the 7th and 8th centuries was the time of greatest cultural borrowing from China. --This was the description to accompany this image, as written by Arthur O. Rinden, the photographer. His description, which he referred to as a "script" was to accompany a slide show of images for his family and others.
Pond garden at Ryoanji. Said to date from the original Heian period estate at site.
Looking across the pond garden at Tenryuji, the rock grouping in the right background, is the group said to represent the Isle of the Immortals. Designed for Ashikaga Takauji by Muso Kokushi (1275-1351), the garden was completed in the late 1200s or early 1300s.
View across garden pond to Golden Pavilion, built for Yoshimitsu, 3rd Ashikaga shogun. Island in the pond in front of pavilion.
This moss garden is along the walks to the southwest of the hojo and rock garden at Ryoanji. Date?
Yet another quiet day at the famous rock garden at Ryoanji...
Exterior of Ginkakuji, viewed across the garden pond. Note the framing of the pavilion by shape of the pine tree and note also the size and shape of the bushes in the foreground -- compare these elements to image I.D. No. ecasia000924, photographed a quarter of a century earlier.
Detail, rock groups at east end of the garden at Ryoanji, viewed looking to the south-southeast from the eastern end of the veranda of the main building. Early morning, clear day in late spring.
View along the length of the upper pond of the garden at Samboin, looking from the east end of the pond back to the west.
East end of the rock garden at Ryoanji, photographed from the veranda of the hojo, looking to the south. Early December morning, frost on the roof of the wall surrounding the garden. The frost will disappear quickly as the sun rises in the sky.
View along the east-west axis of the pond garden, from the west end of the pond. On the left in the image is the kare sansui garden that runs along the edge of the pond, between the veranda of the Omote shinden and the pond. The rocks in the left foreground are said to represent different characteristics of the flow of the Kamo River.
Detail, rock groups at the southwest corner of the garden at Ryoanji.
Exterior of Ginkakuji, viewed across the garden pond. Note the framing of the pavilion by the shape of the pine tree and note also the size and shape of the bushes in the foreground -- compare these elements to image I.D. No. ecasia000944, photographed a quarter of a century later.
Path through lower garden at Ginkakuji, with slab of rock that forms bridge across part of the garden pond.