Find inner peace in Japan's 'dry landscape' garden
Built in 1678, Japan's Kuhombutsu Joshin-ji is a fine example of a rock garden or the "dry landscape" garden.
Popularly known as "zen garden" in Western countries, it creates a miniature stylized landscape through the carefully composed arrangements of rocks, sand and greenery. These gardens were intended to imitate the essence of nature and serve as an aid to meditation and find the true meaning of human existence.
According to Saga Wagen, head monk of the garden, the design of the dry land expresses the Buddhist heaven. He told CGTN that he designs various patterns based on his feelings daily.
Through these designs, trees, chirping of small birds, he said he achieves immense serenity and calm. "The guests who see it also go through mixed feelings and reactions."
About 500,000 visitors come to the garden every year. Sitting in front of these gardens in deep contemplation could be a very serene experience.