Shojin-ryori is the name of a Zen Buddhist vegetarian cuisine that came to Japan from China with Zen Buddhism in the twelfth century.
The Shojin-ryori cuisine on offer at Tenryuji temple in Arashiyama, Kyoto, is served by monks, and is supposed to satisfy not only the palate, but also the soul. The food is famed for harmonising six basic flavours; bitter, sour, sweet, salty, mild, and spicy.
Meals are served facing a picturesque garden with stunning scenery and an impressive temple complex.
Find out more about Tenryu-ji.
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