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The site of the temple was an estate of the Fujiwara family in the 11th century. The first temple, the Daiju-in, and the still existing large pond were built in that century by Fujiwara Saneyoshi. In 1450, Hosokawa Katsumoto, another powerful warlord, acquired the land where the temple stood. He built his residence there, and founded a Zen temple, Ryōan-ji. During the Ōnin War between the clans, the temple was destroyed. Hosokawa Katsumoto died in 1473. In 1488, his son, rebuilt the temple.

The site of the temple was an estate of the Fujiwara family in the century…

Path by Aaron Webb: Stones laid across a shallow pond in the formal garden at the Nanzen-ji temple in Kyoto, Japan. #Kyoto

Kyoto Path - Stones laid across a shallow pond in the formal garden at the Nanzen-ji temple in, Japan.

the detail of float for Gion Matsuri Festival, Kyoto, Japan 祇園山車 #goodcharma  #goodcharmastyle

Many old textiles cover a parade float at the Gion Matsuri Festival, Kyoto, Japan. Photography by roverwhofloats on ganref

ancient chinese architecture by Subhash Pathrakkada Balan, via Dreamstime

This is a garden layout that would be typical in China. It has the inverted roof style with the shingles as well. Along with that, there are a lot of mossy rocks/ grass to add to the atmosphere.

Traditional Japanese architecture Like and Repin. Thx Noelito Flow. http://www.instagram.com/noelitoflow

Traditional Japanese architecture Like and Repin. Thx Noelito Flow. http://www.instagram.com/noelitoflow

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