Blossoms at Ryoan-ji, Kyoto

These were around the grounds of Ryoan-ji, Kyoto.

 

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Ryoan-ji, Kyoto

This is the famous rock garden at Ryoan-ji, Kyoto. The temple was originally built in 1450 by Hosokawa Katsumoto, a deputy to the shogun, but it is not actually known, surprisingly enough, exactly who laid out the garden or when, though it is thought to have been around 1499.