Posts Tagged ‘rock garden’

kyoto: kodai-ji

04Jul06

Kodai-ji temple was founded in 1605 by Kita-no-Mandokoro (popularly known as Nene), the wife of Toyotomi Hideyoshi, in memory of her late husband. It was heavily financed by Tokugawa Ieyasu, “Hideyoshi’s chief vassal and later Shogun of Japan” (from the pamphlet). While the provenance of Kodai-ji is interesting, its most striking aspect is its beautiful […]


Kongobu-ji is the headquarters for Shingon Buddhism, and it doubles as the residence of Koya-san’s abbot. It was originally built in 1593 in honor of the memory of Toyotomi Hideyoshi‘s mother. Inside the main hall there are beautiful Kano-school paintings of cranes, as well as the famous Willow Room (Yanagi-no-ma) which features paintings of trailing […]