kyouchi 境致
KEY WORD : architecture / gardens
Natural scenery of a particular place; environment. Whenever possible, temples of the Zen 禅 sect during the medieval period were built on sites that would provide scenery of natural beauty without any need to create such an environment artificially. Example: Eihouji 永保寺 (1313) in Gifu prefecture, situated in a hilly region, has two buildings, the Kannondou 観音堂 (1314) and the Kaisandou 開山堂 (1352), that face a pond over which a curved wooden bridge is constructed with an arbor for scenery viewing.


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