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Patterns Raked in Sand

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Patterns Raked in Sand
dry garden

Not realistic renditions of the natural landscape, rock gardens express Zen enlightenment, the super-sensory realm of nothingness. Raked sand patterns are designs that seem intuitively to embody nature. Spanning the ages, ever new, they embrace the power of the infinite.


The hasshin no niwa (literally, "wave heart garden") features a masterful harmony of various swirl patterns.
15-809 Honcho, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto
Not open to the public.


This raked sand pattern symbolizes nothingness, like the Zen infinite circle.
82-1 Murasakino Daitokuji-cho, Kyoto
Tel. 075-491-7635
Open 9 AM to 4:30 PM

photography by Tadayuki Naito

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