Gardens (Japan)

Jikou-in, Nara

Jiko-in was founded in 1663 by Sekishu Katagiri to pray for the happiness of his father’s departed soul.  Sekishu Katagiri was a feudal lord of the area who had received instruction from Priest Gyokushitsu of Daitokuii temple and had mastered the way of Zen Buddhism and the tea ceremony.  At Jiko-in, he put his Beauty of Wabi theory into practice.  The garden is famous for its grand shrubbery.