Shisendo temple is a Buddhist temple of Soto
school, one of three sects of Japanese Zen Buddhism, and is located
about 3 km east-northeast of Shimogamo
Shisendo is originally a villa built in 1641 by Jozan Ishikawa
(1583-1672), a samurai and a literary man, for his retirement.
He was also a good designer of garden making, and he produced a villa with beautiful gardens on this hilly site.
He designed to enjoy the changing seasons.
Especially dwarf azeleas in late May and red maples in late November are very beautiful.
"Shishi-odoshi" (or "souzu") is an equipment set up in many Japanese
garden, and it was invented by Jozan.
It is like a seesaw of bamboo.
Trickling water flows into the bamboo cylinder.
After it has been filled with enough water, it leans under the weight of water. Then all water spill out.
The empty bamboo cylinder returns again to the original position naturally. With its rebound, the bottom of the bamboo hits the stone on the ground.
The sound sometimes echoes in quiet garden.
Shishi-odoshi in Shisendo is famous.
"Shisen" means "masters of poem".
Jozan set up the portraits of historic excellent 36 Chinese poets drawn by Tan'yu Kano (1602-1674), a talented painter, in a room.
The entrance fee to this temple is 500 yen.
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Photo by Kogashitsu-Kabegami
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Kyoto Imperial Palace