October 24, 2010

Garyo-ike (lying-down dragon pond) in Kodai-ji (Kyoto)

The corridor on the pond is called Garyo-ro (lying-down dragon corridor) because this corridor extends like the ridge of a dragon.

This corridor connects the shrine of the founder to the ancestral shrine of this Zen temple.

This beautiful garden was designed by Kobori Enshu, who was a leading expert of the tea ceremony, garden designer and architect of 16-17th century.

The grace and elegance of Kyoto is fundamentally based on the art of tea ceremony, which derives its origin from Japanese Zen Buddhism.

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