|KEY WORD : architecture / gardens|
|The garden which faces or surrounds the *shoin 書院. No special features are used in shoinniwa, although if the shoin has a distinct theme it may be picked up in the garden. Typically the shoin garden is planted with a few shrubs and trees which supposedly symbolize remote mountain scenery in keeping with the general conception of the shoin as a scholar's hermitage. Some shoinniwa feature stepping stones to allow passage through the garden. In most cases the shoin garden is not intended as a focus of attention.|
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