青蓮院 Sho-ren-in temple garden

Sho-ren-in temple in Kyoto

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Is a famous garden spot. It is said to be designed by Soami during the Muromachi period. There is a water pond, island and stone lanterns, one of them was given to the temple by Toyotomi Hideyoshi. I am not sure which one, there are several, and two of them were most old looking.

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Climbing a little hill and looking down at the park and temple is also exciting thing to do. There opens a view to bamboo forest, with some bamboos cut for probably temple needs or garden design. There’s also a little shrine on the top.

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Looking down to the temple can be seen main pavilion with people there, sitting and admiring garden. While looking from there at the temple, there was a lady in white kimono standing right near the edge of the building, looking at the garden, looking very romantic.

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While walking around the garden, I noticed that I am walking the wrong direction again. As usually. But I pretended that just stopped to take photos if someone came forward, and I hope no one noticed.

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In the back garden of the temple was a big sakura tree, still in bloom, covered with pink flowers all over bent down branches.

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Also beautiful paintings with cranes, pines, sakura and red sun in one of the rooms.

I would love to stay there even longer and to paint some 山水画!

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P.S. I was lucky to take photo also of this beautiful fish.

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Author: marysorientarto

Hello! thank you for visiting! I am Marija and this blog is dedicated to my fascination with Oriental culture and arts. It mostly consists of my paintings and ceramic images, dance and travel experience. Some of them are created while living in China for two years and learning Chinese language, traditional painting and calligraphy. I am also creating dance inspired by Chinese and Japanese music. I have stayed and traveled some time in Japan, too. However, some paintings may represent also Northern and Eastern Europe culture and influences, where I come from. Contact information: Facebook: Marija Jurso or Sniega zieds (art page) Instagram: Sniega Zieds Youtube: Happy Dance through the Snow 微博 Weibo: 玛丽_东北欧

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