The garden dates from around 1499. The designer is unknown although Soami as well as the kawarimono are credited. Above: view from the tea house of Funda-in.

The garden dates from around 1499. The designer is unknown although Soami as well as the kawarimono are credited. Above: view from the tea house of Funda-in.

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Ryoan-ji (The Temple of the Dragon at Peace) is a Zen temple located in northwest Kyoto, Japan. In 1450, Hosokawa Katsumoto, another powerful warlord, acquired the land where the temple stood. He built his residence there, and founded a Zen temple, Ryoan-ji. During the Onin War between the clans, the temple was destroyed. Hosokawa Katsumoto died in 1473. In 1488, his son, Hosokawa Matsumoto, rebuilt the temple.

Ryoan-ji (The Temple of the Dragon at Peace) is a Zen temple located in northwest Kyoto, Japan. In 1450, Hosokawa Katsumoto, another powerful warlord, acquired the land where the temple stood. He built his residence there, and founded a Zen temple, Ryoan-ji. During the Onin War between the clans, the temple was destroyed. Hosokawa Katsumoto died in 1473. In 1488, his son, Hosokawa Matsumoto, rebuilt the temple.

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The famous and timeless rock garden of the Ryoan-ji Temple, Kyoto, Japan.  This temple was constructed in the 1400s but looks modern, spartan and timeless.

The famous and timeless rock garden of the Ryoan-ji Temple, Kyoto, Japan. This temple was constructed in the 1400s but looks modern, spartan and timeless.

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Ryoanji temple under the spring rain. Ryoan-ji (The Temple of the Dragon at…

Ryoanji temple under the spring rain. Ryoan-ji (The Temple of the Dragon at…

Ryoan-ji (The Temple of the Dragon at Peace) is a Zen temple located in northwest Kyoto, Japan. In 1450, Hosokawa Katsumoto, another powerful warlord, acquired the land where the temple stood. He built his residence there, and founded a Zen temple, Ryoan-ji. During the Onin War between the clans, the temple was destroyed. Hosokawa Katsumoto died in 1473. In 1488, his son, Hosokawa Matsumoto, rebuilt the temple.

Ryoan-ji (The Temple of the Dragon at Peace) is a Zen temple located in northwest Kyoto, Japan. In 1450, Hosokawa Katsumoto, another powerful warlord, acquired the land where the temple stood. He built his residence there, and founded a Zen temple, Ryoan-ji. During the Onin War between the clans, the temple was destroyed. Hosokawa Katsumoto died in 1473. In 1488, his son, Hosokawa Matsumoto, rebuilt the temple.

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Burt Glinn - Kyoto. 1961. A monk arranges sand patterns in the rock garden of Ryoanji Temple.

Burt Glinn - Kyoto. 1961. A monk arranges sand patterns in the rock garden of Ryoanji Temple.

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