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Zen Exhibition

Part 5: Kyoto Zen Temples in Winter

(Photos from the Collection of Mizuno Katsuhiko)

This section features winter scenery at Kyoto’s Rinzai and Obaku temples. The photos are shown with the permission of Mizuno Katsuhiko, a photographer famous for his pictures of temples, shrines, town houses, and other scenes typical of the ancient capital of Kyoto.

The photos may not be reprinted without written permission.

New Years (Saitan)

Nandina, at Sekiho-ji


The entrance path to Koto-in, a subtemple of Daitoku-ji

Camellia (Tsubaki)

The graves of Hosokawa Sansai (Tadayoki; 1563–1643), a feudal lord and Christian convert renowned as a great warrior and tea master, and his wife Gracia (1563–1600), also a Christian convert, regarded in Japan as a paragon of sanctity, wisdom, and wifely virtue; at Koto-in, a subtemple of Daitoku-ji


Ryoanji-style bamboo fence and the Wabisuke Camellia associated with Toyotomi Hideyoshi, at Ryoan-ji


Uraku Camellia, on the grounds of Toji-in


Fallen camellia flowers, on the grounds of Manpuku-ji

Snow Scenery

The Dokuza-en (“Sitting-alone Garden”), at Zuiho-in, a subtemple of Daitoku-ji


Stone arhat images, on the grounds of Sekiho-ji


Winter moon over the Mountain Gate (Sanmon) of Nanzen-ji


Snow on the garden at Nanzen-in, a subtemple of Nanzen-ji


Tahoden (Hall of Many Treasures) at Tenryu-ji


Bamboo grove, near Tenryu-ji

Plum Blossoms (Ume)

A red plum, near the Nehando at Ryoan-ji


Red and white plum blossoms at Ryogen-in, a subtemple of Daitoku-ji