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Model of Garden

This is a model of the Rock Garden.  The real garden is pretty hard to get far back from so this
gives you a good idea how it works.  You sit along the bottom edge and try to see all the stones - once you can,
you have reached a zen state.


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Zen Spa Signage
Zen Spa Signage
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John Harvey Photo > Trips out of the Country > Vietnam > Hanoi And Halong Bay > Zen Spa Signage

Japanese Garden
I believe this is a recent addition. For comparison, a Japanese version a few hundred years old.
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Stones In Temple
There are different ways to see this - perhaps these are islands in the ocean - peaks in the clouds - see it how ever you want.
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Rock Garden
This is the Zen Garden in Ryoan-ji. From the viewing platform you attempt to see all 15 stones, but only 14 (or fewer) are visible from any position. This fifteenth century garden has all sorts of tricks. The far wall isn't even close to level and gives you a sense of depth from the forced perspective. The trees behind the back wall all have seasonal version (Cherry blossums, or falls colors, evergreen or deciduous.). The garden runs roughly east to west and the viewing platform is on the north side so the shadows change over the course of the day.
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John Harvey Photo > Trips out of the Country > A Second Trip to Japan > Kyoto Temples > Rock Garden

Zen Rock Garden

So it doesn't change very quickly - it sure is cool to look at. We are at Ryoanji Temple, trying to see
all 15 stones. Apparently the garden was designed by "Soami" who died in 1525.

People: Jesse, Sean

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