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Jikoin: The Tea Ceremony Temple

Jikoin: The Tea Ceremony Temple

About a 45-minute train ride from central Nara is the temple of Jikoin. Sited at the top of a hill, this temple was founded around the time of the unification of Japan by a nobleman interested in spreading the ideas of the tea ceremony. Because of this, most of the temple is devoted to tea […]


Shunko-in

Shunko-in

This year, our study abroad program only had 17 people. That’s a good size for a studio. Other years, though, they’ve had so many students that some need to stay in another temple nearby, Shunko-in, also in the Myoshinji complex. Although it wasn’t needed this year, we still went to visit and watercolor their gardens. […]


Tokai-an: The Gardens of the Mind, Body, and Soul

Tokai-an: The Gardens of the Mind, Body, and Soul

Directly across from Daishin-in, the temple we made our home for six weeks, but still within the Myoshinji complex, is one of the most spectacular temples we saw during out time in Japan, Tokai-an. It was an incredible honor to be able to visit this temple at all – it is the head temple of […]


Tenryu-ji Temple & Arashiyama

Tenryu-ji Temple & Arashiyama

During our first week in Kyoto, we took a trip to visit Tenryu-ji, a Zen Buddhist temple on the west side of Kyoto, in an area known as Arashiyama. The temple grounds are a UNESCO World Heritage Site, especially for its gardens. The garden behind the main part of the temple, against the mountains, are […]