Ryoan-ji, Kyoto

Ryoan, a World Heritage Site, was a country house of the Tokudaiji Clan and converted to a Zen training temple in 1450.

The Rock Garden is its premier feature. Notably different from the many gardens of the Japan Middle Ages, there are no trees or plants – only fifteen rocks and white gravel. The walls were made of clay boiled in oil. Over the centuries, the oil seeped out and formed the peculiar designs on the walls. It is believed that the rock garden was created at the end of Muromachi period, around 1500, by a highly respected Zen monk – Tokuho Zenketsu.



Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s