Sunday, 24 April 2011

Jonathan P. Ellgen from Minnesota, USA

Entsu-in is known for its karesansui, or dry garden, which has seven stones representing Matsushima's Shichinofukujin islands. Built in 1646 by Date Tadamune (1599-1658), Entsu-in is a Buddhist temple in Matsushima honoring his son, Mitsumune (1627-1645), who died at an early age. The temple includes a mausoleum as well as a rose garden and famous rock garden. The temple is also known for hidden Christian symbolism seen throughout the grounds.

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