As part of a class on Chinese and Japanese Gardens, we had the opportunity to go to Kyoto, Japan
over Spring Break and visit various gardens, temples, and shrines. The sites we visited ranged from millenium-old temples to a modern private garden commissioned by a famous actor. The gardens were all marked by intense attention to detail--in the form of carefully cultivated varieties of moss and delicately pruned trees. Also, the elements of the sites were strategically composed and placed as to be “picturesque” from all vantage points. Below are a selection of photos of the places we visited.

Caption: Rocks, islands, and trees are reflected in a pond in the gardens of Tenjuan Temple.
Photographer: Kemy Lin









Caption: The bamboo-bordered entrance into the Koto-In Zen Temple.
Photographer: Amber Stewart














Caption: The recently refurbished and repainted Phoenix Hall at Byodo-in Temple is reflected in surrounding waters.
Photographer: Kemy Lin












Caption: Moss, an integral feature of many Japanese gardens, will often be grown on top of other objects in a garden, such as this miniaturized stone temple.
Photographer: Amber Stewart












Caption: A miniature Zen rock garden at Ryoan-ji temple.
Photographer: Kemy Lin










Please Continue to Gardens of Kyoto, Japan PART II to see the rest of the photo essay!

~ Kemy Lin '15 and Amber Stewart '15