People expected a lot from gardens— a buffer between artificial sphere and nature, a bridge between humans and another world, and a catalyst to connect real life to a boundless imaginary world.
By freeing itself from physical constraints, Kare-sansui successfully elevated the beauty of nature into something more transcendental. The philosophy and the artistic inspiration was accepted not only by Zen monk ishidate-so’s but also by social elites such as Shoguns and aristocrats. Muso Soseki passed away in 1351, but his works were remembered, copied and refined by garden designers who followed.
In the next chapter, we will review Muso Soseki and his follower’s Kare-sansui works in more depth. It will be released as paid contents. Please subscribe from the Digital subscription page.