Hoshinoya ryokan in Arashiyama, Kyoto, Japan 星のや

The sheer simplicity, the wide-open feel and the view outside serves to bring about a sense oa calm and peace with an uncluttered mind. - Hoshinoya ryokan in Arashiyama, Kyoto, Japan 星のや

winter morning in Kyoto, Japan

4 inches of fresh snow has accumulated in central area of Kyoto city. Chief priest shoveling snow for visitors. Taken at Nanzen-ji(南禅寺).

Ryoan-ji (The Temple of the Dragon at Peace) is a Zen temple located in northwest Kyoto, Japan. In 1450, Hosokawa Katsumoto, another powerful warlord, acquired the land where the temple stood. He built his residence there, and founded a Zen temple, Ryoan-ji. During the Onin War between the clans, the temple was destroyed. Hosokawa Katsumoto died in 1473. In 1488, his son, Hosokawa Matsumoto, rebuilt the temple.

Ryoan-ji (The Temple of the Dragon at Peace) is a Zen temple located in northwest Kyoto, Japan.


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