Chishaku-in is a temple with a very complicated religious and political history behind it. But the beauty of its inner gardens, refined paintings, and sophisticated wooden corridors around the halls are far from the fierce power struggles that have marred its history. Sitting at the edge of the open veranda in Shoin Hall, a pond is just at your feet. A small hill covered with well-trimmed azaleas is right before your eyes. Today, Chishaku-in has finally found peaceful and space to call their own after a history of long wanderings.
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Japan is a small island nation, but we have a huge number of surprising things to discover here. Many of these delights can be found when you step off the main street onto small side paths. I really enjoy studying about and researching various aspects of traditional Japanese culture, and then sharing this information with visitors to Japan. I hope you will enjoy it, too! ARTICLE INDEX & PHOTOS: An index of most of my Japan Travel articles can be found at the entry page of my blog, and my photos are shown here. 日本はとても小さな国ですが、大通りから一本小道に入ればたくさんの発見があります。日本人が積み重ねてきた歴史を学びながら、古い建物や庭を訪ね、物語の舞台となった景色を眺めて、皆様といっしょに日本文化の奥深さを探求していきたいと思います。