The same view that people from 700 years ago also enjoyed

I had an opportunity to guide a beautiful family from India. Amazingly sunny day without a cloud. They wanted to enjoy Arashiyama area, so I decide to take “Hozu-gawa river boat ride” first.

It was a pleasant 1.5 hour boat ride, finding some ducks and egrets along the riverside, relaxing in the autumn sun. After reaching Arashiyama central area by boat, we headed to Tenryuji temple, one of the world heritage sites.

One of the biggest features of this temple would be the garden called “Sogenchi teien”. Actually, all the temple buildings in the precinct have been burned down many times through its history, and the latest re-construction was completed at the end of the 19th century. On the other hand, the garden remains as it is since its foundation in the 14th century.

It is fun to imagine that shogun (commander-in-chief) , aristocrats and nobles back then may have been enjoying the same view as we see now. The mountain which can been seen from the garden gives us the tremendous sense of depth. The leaves were just starting to get colored, which reminded us the change of the seasons. I told them that this “transients” is deeply related to Zen philosophy. After relaxing for a while in front of the garden, the guests had expressions as refreshing as the clear sky on this day.