Friday, June 29, 2012

Ryōan-ji (Temple of the Dragon at Peace) - Kyoto, Japan

The famous rock gardens of the Ryoan-ji temple in the Northwest part of Kyoto Japan.
The rock gardens are revered as one of the finest examples of a stone rock garden, a Zen garden, other know as kare-sanui. It is also on the list of World Heritage Sites.
It's a pleasure to look at and just relaxing and stare at it for periods of time.
The secret of the rock garden is that there really ins't a secret as to what it is. The original creator is still a debate and what it represents can be interpreted in so many ways it's insane. the gardens have even been in a small study from Nature journal and have been analyzed to see what it meaning is. There really might not be a mean but something that is suppose to draw the viewer into deeper thought and stimulate creativity in the mind possibly.

The Japanese and few foreigners sat there for long periods gazing at the gardens of Ryoan-ji. 
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Need to take off your shoes before you enter the building and go to the gardens...

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My ticket to visit the Gardens!

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The temple had some lovely art on the sliding doors

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Some calligraphy for 300 Yen...

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Make sure you walk around the temple grounds while you are there including the pond and other gardens. 

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My Information they gave me!

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Some info is from Wikipedia

2 comments:

  1. I remember going there back in 2008, It nice but the crowd really killed it you could relax and just enjoy because of the noise, next time i would go near closing time where its a bit quieter because thats the whole factor to enjoiy this place.

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    1. When the guy I met and I went it was a bit less crowded and then people started to pop up. It was really nice to see though and watch some of the older people get mesmerized by the gardens

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