Friday, November 17, 2006

A holed stone

Eikando Temple, Kyoto sightseeing
Eikando Temple, Kyoto sightseeing
These are stepping stones to a teahouse and guests walk on the stones.

By the way, do you happen to find the stone with a small hole in the middle of surface? This was used as the foundation under the pillar and the hole was carved to fix the pillar. The stone was taken from the disused temple. Many temples were burn down during the turbulent times more than five hundreds ago and some lanterns and stones in the dead temples were often used in the garden of teahouses. This diversion is one of the most major aesthetic elements of tea ceremony, cha-no-yu.

PS. I will reply to your comments on weekend. Sorry!!
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