|Saiho-ji Moss Gardens|
Thursday, October 28, 2010
Saiho-ji Temple Gardens, Japan
This Zen Buddhist temple is located in Kyoto, Japan. Some of its features are the Golden Pond which is a pond with borders shaped into the Chinese figure for "heart" and/or "mind" and three islands within it. The moss gardens on the premises are also one of the most well-known facets of the gardens. Soft and natural, these gardens aim to leave guests with the feelings of serenity and peace.
Unlike the gardens of Versailles, these gardens are not completely geometrically laid out. Everything is not linear and sculpted, but instead close to scenes you would actually find in nature. The concentration is completely on nature instead of on the aim of human perfection of nature.