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Komyozenji Temple

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Komyozenji Temple

Komyozenji Temple was founded in the Kamakura period as a Zen temple of the Rinzai sect of Buddhism in Japan. The main attractions at Komyozenji are the front and rear Japanese gardens. These abstract rock gardens are a trait of Zen temples in Japan. At the front garden, 15 rocks are rested among a sea of white pebbles beautifully raked to evenly distribute into a Japanese character for “light”. Inside the temple, the traditional tatami mats provide a seating area for visitors to embrace the calm Zen atmosphere. The rear garden is a moss garden mixed with stones and pebbles. Branches of maple trees around the area fit into the scenic garden perfectly. Zen gardens use these perfectly raked pebbles to represent ripples in water and arranging rocks to imitate the essence of nature. It is said that this essence helps with the meditation about the true meaning of life. Komyozenji Temple is also a popular location to view autumn leaves during fall season, while during summer, the garden changes completely into a vast green abstract natural art masterpiece.