The Garden Guide

Tenryu-ji (Abbot's Garden)

This garden was made following contact between Japan and China's Sung Dynasty in the fifteenth century. The garden centers on the pond of Sogen-chi and uses the principle of 'borrowed landscape' (shakkei) to draw upon the wider landscape. It has waterfalls and significant Chinese-inspired rock arrangements. They are more 'raised' (upward thrusting) than the placid stones of Saihoji. The design is attributed to Muso Soseki.

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Saga Tenryuji, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto, Japan

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