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        Funda-in Zen temple garden in Kyoto, Japan

        Funda-in Zen temple garden in Kyoto, Japan

        Funda-in is a sub-temple of Tofuku-ji in Kyoto. It was built in 1321, in the Kamakura period, as a family temple for the Ichijo clan. In 1691, the buildings of the temple burnt down, but the temple was rebuilt soon after. There are two main gardens and a smaller garden in the temple. The ink painter and Zen monk Sesshu is said to have designed the southern Zen garden between 1460 and 1468. The temple is therefore also commonly called Sesshū-ji. In 1939, the modern garden master Shigemori Mirei, restored the garden, and added the eastern garden.

        Despite its calm beauty and historical relevance, the temple is often overlooked by visitors on their way to the main temple or more famous sub-temples like Reiun-in or Ryogin-an. Chances are you can enjoy the temple all by yourself if you come on a weekday.


        Content:

        Introduction

        History of the temple and garden

        Architecture of the temple building

        The south garden

        The east garden

        Personal impressions by the author


        14 pages with

        44 pictures of one of Kyoto's most beautiful secret gardens

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