Tojiin Temple (ALC-150)
等持院 (京都府京都市北区等持院北町63 – 臨済宗天龍寺派の寺院)
Although there are several theories on how this temple was built, but one of them states that this temple was founded in 1341 by Ashikaga Takauji (足利尊氏 – the first Shogun during the Muromachi era) with the guidence given by the legendary Zen buddhist, poet, and a garden designer called, Muso Soseki (夢窓 疎石), and it became the memorial temple for Takauji after his death. Consequently, this temple became the funeral temple for the Ashikaga shoguns. This temple has been restored many times.
Among others, at leaset one of the two gardens is believed to have been designed and created by Muso Soseki. Each garden has a pond with a small island in the middle. The ponds are connected, and the water from “Fuyo-chi” pond (芙蓉池) travels and merges with “Shin-ji-ike” pond (心字池) . This image is of “Fuyo-chi” and can be viewed from three directions. The garden is filled with the different types of rhododendrons including satsuki azaleas.
If you view the holizontal panoramic image of Toji-in temple in “Spring Garden in Kyoto” seires (2C-62), it would give you the very diffrent impression of this temple.
The feeling of beauty often is manifested through the presence of the different elements in perfect harmony. When such “point” is reached, nothing more can be added or subtracted.
The vertical image always remind me of the Japanese scrolls.