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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.

Komyo-in

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.


Ryugen-in

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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