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Saiho-ji Zen garden: 1000 years-old amusement park produced by nature

Kare-sansui (Japanese Zen rock garden): ultimate beauty of absence

Kare-sansui (Zen rock garden) is one of the most prominent Zen designs cemented by Zen Master Muso Sosek in 14th century. Find its history and beauty.

Chapter 4: Abundance by absence

“Simplify!” Steve Jobs’ relentless quest for Zen design

Steve Jobs is known to have practiced the Soto-school of Japanese Zen, and is also known to have loved the kare-sansui garden of the Saijo-ji in Kyoto, which was founded by a prominent Zen priest/garden designer in the 14th century. Find how Jobs leveraged Zen philosophy to design simple and minimal Apple products.

Tofukuji kare-sansui by Mirei Shigemori

Japanese artist Mirei Shigemori (1896 – 1975) infused fresh energy into the traditional Japanese Zen rock garden (kare-sansui). Tofuku-ji Hojo garden in Kyoto is one of the most acclaimed works of his that still survives to this day. Find how traditional and modern, classic and avant-garde blend in his work while maintaining the serenity of Zen.

1000 year-old amusement park: Saiho-ji (koke dera)

Saiho-ji (koke dera) is one of the oldest Japanese Zen garden designed by Muso Soseki. Find its breathtaking beauty that also fascinated Steve Jobs.

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