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Ryoanji temple is especially famous for its dry landscape rock garden. It measures only 24 meters from east to west and 10 meters from south to north.
The 15 rocks arranged on the surface of white pebbles in a rectangular site symbolically represent nature, yet the garden contains neither a single tree nor a blade of grass. It is also known as the ” tiger cubs crossing” because it resembles a mom-tiger crossing a mountain stream with her cubs.
However, someone says this rock garden has no meanings at all. It’s similar to the Zen Buddhism’s concept-seeking nothingness.
The walls 180cm in height, called abura dobei in Japanese are made of clay mixed with the rapeseed oil which is chemically stable and does not easily deteriorate.