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    Tenryuji, Pond garden by Muso Kokushi

    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.

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    Kinkakuji, garden pond, detail

    Reflection of the first floor of the Golden Pavilion in the garden pond. The Golden Pavilion was built by Yoshimitsu, 3rd Ashikaga shogun, in the late 1300s, when he retired from the office of shogun. The pond was part of an earlier, Heian period estate.

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    Ryoanji, rock garden

    Yet another quiet day at the famous rock garden at Ryoanji...

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    Ryoanji, moss garden

    This moss garden is along the walks to the southwest of the hojo and rock garden at Ryoanji. Date?

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    Ginkakuji, garden walk

    Ginkakuji (Jishoji), Kyoto. Walk in garden near entrance, outside wall surrounding garden proper. The geometry is a striking contrast to the main garden. The Ginkakuji compound built by Ashikaga Yoshimasa, c. 1479. Date of this walk same or later? [The light reflecting mound of the main garden was an Edo period addition.]

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    Joeiji, main garden by attributed to Sesshu

    This garden, with a dry landscape portion in the foreground and a pond garden beyond, is attributed to the artist Sesshu. It is at Joeiji, in Yamaguchi. Sesshu spent the later years of his life in Yamaguchi, where he maintained a studio, away from the civil turmoil and warfare of Kyoto at that time.

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    Ginkakuji, sand mound in main garden

    The cone or mound of sand is just across a segment of the pond, perhaps 60 feet to the north-north east of the Silver Pavilion. Sometimes referred to as the "moon reflecting mound," along with the adjacent "silver sand beach," it is said to have been intended to reflect moon light into the Silver Pavilion, or to have provided a point for the contemplation of the moon light and shadows. It is a comparatively recent addition to the garden design at Ginkakuji, having been added during the Edo period. In this view of the mound, looking directly east, there is a rich play between the sand mound and the rock and schrub in the foreground.

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    Ryoanji, Pond garden

    Pond garden at Ryoanji. Said to date from the original Heian period estate at site.

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    Samboin, upper pond garden

    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.

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    Tenryuji, Pond garden and interior, hojo

    Pond garden at Tenryuji, Kyoto, designed by Muso Kokushi. Viewed from interior of Hojo.

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    Samboin, pond garden

    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.

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