Autumn leaves and the beautiful visual phenomena of framing

Traditional Japanese architecture has often featured round or square windows since ancient times. A Japanese aesthetic concept has developed around the beauty of a scene of a garden or nature framed by a circle or square window. Some famous examples include the “Satori-no-mado” (Window of Enlightenment) and “Mayoi-no-mado” (Window of Ambivalence) of Genkoan Temple. The round Satori-no-mado represents the spirit and mind of Zen and Buddha. A circle is also considered to express the universe and to represent the state of enlightenment. On the other hand, the square Mayoi-no-mado symbolizes the life of a human being and the suffering in the world.

You can also view splendidly framed autumn leaves, like framed works of art, at the Hosen-in Temple in Sakyo-ku in Kyoto City and the Adachi Museum of Art in Yasugi City. The Adachi Museum of Art was ranked first in Japan’s Very Best Public Gardens for eleven consecutive years by the American Japanese garden magazine “Sukiya Living/ The Journal of Japanese Gardening”.

The view through a window emphasizing the beauty of autumn leaves. Why not discover the inspiring beauty of framing this autumn?

Genkoan Temple

Genkoan Temple

Address: 47 Takagamine-kita Takagamine-cho, Kita-ku, Kyoto-city, Kyoto

Access: 1 min walk from Kyoto City Bus “Takagamine Genkoan Mae” bus stop

Meigetsuin Temple

Meigetsuin Temple

Address: 189 Yamanouchi, Kamakura-city, Kanagawa

Access: 10 min walk from JR Yokosuka Line Kita-Kamakura Station

Adachi Museum of Art Chashitsu Juryu-an

Adachi Museum of Art Chashitsu Juryu-an

Address: 320 Furukawa-cho, Yasugi-city, Shimane

Access: A free shuttle bus from JR Sanin Main Line Yasugi Station and Yonago Station

*Additional admission fees are required for the teahouse.

Hosen-in Temple

Hosen-in Temple

Address: 187 Ohara-Shorinin-cho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto-city, Kyoto

Access: 15 min walk from Kyoto Bus “Ohara” bus stop

Ankokuji Temple

Ankokuji Temple

Address: 327 Aida, Tanto-cho, Toyooka -city, Hyogo

Access: Take a Zentan Bus from JR Sanin Main Line Toyooka Station. Get off at Izushi bus stop and change to the Zentan Bus for Nakayama/Akabana/Okufuji. Get off at “Deai” bus stop and change buses to the Enacar Kawanobe Line. Get off at “Kodani” bus stop and walk 15 min.

Tentokuin Temple (Tofukuji Sub-Temple)

Tentokuin Temple (Tofukuji Sub-Temple)

Address: 15-802 Honmachi, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto-city, Kyoto

Access: 7 min walk from JR Nara Line/ Keihan Main Line Tofukuji Station

*Not open to the general public. Visitors can enter after eating.

Nanzenji Temple

Nanzenji Temple

Address: 86 Nanzenji-Fukuchi-cho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto-city, Kyoto

Access: 10 min walk from Kyoto City Bus “Nanzenji/Eikando” bus stop or Kyoto Municipal Subway Tozai Line Keage Station