April 4, 2005
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Tofukuji Temple

Points of View (1)Various materials (roof tiles, stones, white gravel, wood) (2)Walking through the corridors (3)Patterns made by moss and stone This complex is filled with many visitors, especially during the autumn season, and is one of the best autumn … Continue reading

July 19, 2004
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Mii-dera Temple

Points of View (1)The shape of roofs made from tree bark (2)Roofs of the building for viewing the moon (3)The atmosphere of the site This temple is located on the outskirts of Kyoto city near Biwa-ko Lake, the largest lake … Continue reading

April 13, 2002
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Katsura Imperial Villa

Points of View (1)Arrangement of every element (2)A choice selection of materials (3)A great deal of time and effort Katsura Imperial Villa, formerly a villa for the aristocracy, is undoubtedly one of the most excellent and elegant creations in Japan. … Continue reading

January 22, 2002
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Daily words about Japanese culture

About Shinto, Japanese domestic religion, part 2, Sep. 15 What’s the difference between Shinto and Buddhism? Roughly speaking, Shinto is a religion of worshiping the nature and ancestor. On the other hand, Gods of Buddhism can solve their personal trouble … Continue reading

January 9, 2002
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Shisendo Temple

Points of View (1)An immense scaled garden (2)Exquisite maintenance (3)The change of seasons This building is famous for the mild atmosphere in its garden. White sand covers the surface of the ground, and well-maintained azaleas and maple trees are planted … Continue reading

September 24, 2001
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Entsuji Temple

Points of View (1)The combination of stones and hedges (2)The combination of hedges, bamboo and the mountain (3)The combination of the inner and outer parts of the garden This temple is very famous for Shakkei, or borrowed scenery, a masterful … Continue reading