Saturday, 23 November 2013

Tofuku-ji`s 'Hasso' Garden

After battling through the crowds viewing the momiji at Tofuku-ji it was nice to retreat to the calm of this garden. Although there were quite a few tourists it was less hectic and most people were just sat down enjoying the garden. Designed in 1939, the garden is a mix of modern art and tradition. It is regarded as a fine example of contemporary Zen garden.
The southern garden represents the four Elysian islands.

In the western garden these five moss covered mounds symbolize the five sacred mountains.

The northern garden uses stone and moss to embody the falling autumn leaves. 

The names of the monks at the Temple this year.

In the eastern garden some of the temple`s foundation pillars make up the Great Bear constellation.

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