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Ryōanji Temple

Temple in Ukyo Ward, Kyoto, belonging to the Myoshinji branch of the Rinzai sect of Zen Buddhism. Ryōanji was built in 1450, and during the following century many well-known Zen monks stayed there. Among its patrons were the Kosokawa family, Toyotomi Hideyoshi, and Tokugawa Ieyasu. The temple is particularly noted for its Zen-style rock garden executed in the kare-sansui ("dry landscape") mode, reportedly the work of the artist Sōami (ca 1455-1525). (adapted from Japan: An Illustrated Encyclopedia. Tokyo: Kodansha, 1993)

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