Japan -03/31- 04/08/2017

Tenryu-ji Zen Temple, 4/7/2017

Tenryuji is the most important temple in Kyoto's Arashiyama district. It was ranked first among the city's five great Zen temples, and is now registered as a world heritage site. Tenryuji is the head temple of its own school within the Rinzai Zen sect of Japanese Buddhism.

Tenryuji was built in 1339 by the ruling shogun Ashikaga Takauji. Takauji dedicated the temple to Emperor Go-Daigo, who had just passed away. The two important historic figures used to be allies until Takauji turned against the emperor in a struggle for supremacy over Japan. By building the temple, Takauji intended to appease the former emperor's spirits.


We are now headed to Tenryuji's garden


Along the way is a traditional Japanese lined by cherry blossoms trees.


A newly wed couple standing in front of the entrance.


Dressed in traditional Japanese clothes.  What a good looking couple!


Dead water lily in the pond.   I am sure the pond will look beautiful by spring and summer. 


This tree must be around for centuries and they have to support the trunk as it too big and to heavy.

Sand garden.

The white sand expresses calm Japanese waters.

White sand arranged in a pattern of gentle waves, representing typical Japanese waters.

Rocks and stones arranged around a pond, representing the rough coastline of China.


It is so peaceful standing here.


Koi Pond.


We are walking toward the temple.


A pond in front of the temple with a beautiful cherry tree.



Gorgeous cherry blossoms draping over the pond.

Created by the famous garden designer Muso Soseki, who also designed the gardens of Kokedera and other important temples, the beautiful landscape garden features a central pond surrounded by rocks, pine trees and the forested Arashiyama mountains. Muso Soseki also served as Tenryuji's first head priest.


The cherry blossoms are really a feast to the eyes.


The temple.  You cannot enter the temple so we are just walking around.


We are now entering the garden...


Next... The Garden



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