June 18, 2024

Pond garden: Chishaku-in Temple (Kyoto)

Pond garden: Chishaku-in Temple (Kyoto)

Higashiyama of Kyoto is famous for the beauty of the Mid-autumn Moon. When the autumnal equinox approaches, the bright full moon rises high above this pond garden and reflect its serene moonlight on the still surface of the water.

On such a moonlit night, this narrow stone bridge over the pond would lead us to the island mountain, which is faintly illuminated by the clear moon and the twinkling light of the stone lantern.

This artificial mountain may symbolically represent Hourai island (Mount Penglai) which is the enchanted island of perpetual youth in Chinese mythology.

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