This vertical composition leads our eyes upward along massive stone steps or “tobi-ishi” that lead to a teahouse-like structure, the Shoka-tei, at the top of the photograph. It is a pavilion for rest, similar to the Toge-no-chaya—a teahouse for travelers that sits at the top of a steep canyon. Even though the hill here is very low, it is a highest point on the precincts. Without the 8x 20 format, it would not be possible to capture all the tobi-ishi stones in the frame. For the viewer, the steps may symbolize aspiration towards lofty goals or a hopeful future.
Katsura Rikyu (E-104)
From the The Imperial Gardens of Kyoto collection.
$495.00 – $5,890.00