Photographer's Note

This photograph is taken in Kennin-ji in Kyoto in January of six years ago. This temple is located in Higashiyama-ku near Gion in Kyoto-shi and is a Zen temple of the oldest Rinzai sect in Kyoto. It is considered to be one of the so-called Kyoto Gozan or "five most important Zen temples of Kyoto". Kennin-ji was founded in 1202 by monk Eisai obtaining assistance of the second Shogun "Yoriie Minamoto" of the Kamakura shogunate. This photograph is a rock garden of this temple. The grain of the small white stone with which it was covered is having the line of a straight line or a curve quietly given like the wave comeing in. The rocks from which a form is different in some places stood in a row. The portions of a rock and many white pebbles of the flat ground maintain balance. Rocks may mean formal and the white sand of the ground may mean informal, but I don't know true intention of the person who built the form of this rock garden. The elderly man sat down at the end of the corridor, and he was gazing at the rock garden.

The rock garden from another angle: workshop

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