Japanese Gardens of Kyoto

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<p>Kyoto was the capital of Japan for over 1000 years (794-1867). It is famous for its temples and gardens, of which there are three main types (although some gardens combine styles):</p> <p><strong>Dry gardens</strong> use rocks and sand for the expression of water. They are generally designed to be enjoyed from a room.</p> <p><strong>Excursion style gardens</strong> usually include a walk around a pond. We can enjoy different views during the walk.</p> <p><strong>Abstract style gardens </strong>are quite modern but still follow some garden traditions.</p> <p>The first garden in Kyoto originated at <a href="">Shinsen-en Garden</a>. Gardens evolved over a long period of time into the three styles mentioned above.</p> <p>In this series, Tomoko Kamishima &nbsp;introduces some master garden planners (gardeners/landscape architects), and some of the gorgeous Japanese gardens they designed in Kyoto:</p> <p><strong>Priest Muso Soseki</strong> (1275-1351): Tenryu-ji&rsquo;s Hojo Garden&nbsp;(Excursion style garden)</p> <p><strong>Kobori Enshu</strong> (1579-1647):&nbsp;Konchi-in&rsquo;s Tsuru-Kame Garden&nbsp;(Dry garden)</p> <p><strong>Ishikawa Jozan</strong> (1583-1672):&nbsp;Shisen-do Villa&nbsp;(Dry garden/Excursion style garden)</p> <p><strong>Ueji VII</strong> (1860-1933):&nbsp;Murin-an Villa&nbsp;(Excursion style garden)</p> <p><strong>Shigemori Mirei</strong> (1896-1975):&nbsp;Tofuku-ji&rsquo;s Hojo Garden&nbsp;(Abstract style garden)</p>

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