Friday, April 14, 2006
Ryoan-ji garden, Kyoto
This could quite possibly be the most famous Zen, dry stone garden in Japan. The day we visited it wasn't dry however as it was raining on and off. I had heard that it was quite beautiful in the rain as the water brings out the colours of nature. It was stunning (my third visit) but I would have been happier with blue skies! It is thought to have been constructed some time in the 15th century and contains only 15 stones. When you enter the adjoining building, you come across a veranda area where you are free to sit down and contemplate the reason and meaning behind the garden. I just enjoyed the surroundings and quiet amongst the crowds!