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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