Sukiya Living (Journal of Japanese Gardening) article index by subject

Sukiya Living (Journal of Japanese Gardening) article index by subject

Sukiya Living Magazine (The Journal of Japanese Gardening) is a bi-monthly English-language print publication dedicated to the special world of Japanese gardens and Japanese architecture. Every other month, this 44-page magazine discuses various aspects of Japanese architecture, horticulture, art, and philosophy. Topics range from centuries-old design principles to modern, how-to construction and maintenance techniques.

Koke-dera 苔寺  (or Saihōji  西芳寺)

Koke-dera 苔寺 (or Saihōji 西芳寺)

Koke-dera, or officially “Saiho-ji” (Moss Temple) was founded by Buddhist priest Gyoki and redone by Zen Priest and well-known garden designer Muso Kokushi (Soseki) in 1339. Although it is known today as the Moss Temple because of its 120 species of moss, it was not planned this way. Through centuries of wars, destruction, floods, reconstruction and neglect, nature finally claimed Saiho-ji, and the mosses slowly took hold, converting what was left of the garden into a beauty of nature. The garden is more commonly known as the Moss Temple and is home to 120 types of moss.

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