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First e-Book About the Japanese Garden Funda-in is Released

June 29, 2013 Destination North Asia No Comments Email Email

egtmedia59On June 13th, the Japanese garden design team Keizo Hayano and Jenny Feuerpeil have released a digital book about the Zen temple garden Funda-in, which is also known as Sesshu-ji, a subtemple of the Tofukuji complex in Kyoto.

To promote Japanese garden culture in the world, the design duo publishes artisanal books on their website “Real Japanese Gardens” (, that highlight not only the beauty of Japanese gardens with impressive photographs, but also focus on Japanese architecture and the history and philosophy behind each garden.

Funda-in, a small and quiet Zen temple in southern Kyoto, belongs to the favorite gardens of the Japanese garden designers Keizo Hayano and Jenny Feuerpeil. “The karesansui garden of Funda-in temple is one of Kyoto’s true secret gardens!” says Japanese garden writer Jenny Feuerpeil. “When I visited the beautiful gardens of Tofukuji in autumn 2012, I immediately fell in love with the calm, relaxing atmosphere of the Zen temple. The garden and architecture form a marvelous symbiosis. The Japanese design concepts of Framing the View and Borrowed Scenery have been employed by the old garden master Sesshu and modern re-constructor Shigemori to utmost perfection. Too bad most visitors of the Tofuku-ji temple complex just walk past it – we want to change that with our garden e-book!”

“It is our goal to show our readers the secret Japanese gardens, the hidden gems in the bustling streets of Tokyo and Kyoto” says 40 year old Tokyo based garden designer Keizo Hayano. “Funda-in is such a garden – small in size, yet beautiful in its proportions and very quiet, even on the weekends. While most tourists visit Tofuku-ji’s Hojo, Kaisan-do or other temples like Ryogin-an and Komyo-ji, Fundain is often over-looked. With our platform, we would like to give foreign tourist also the opportunity to explore these lesser known beautiful gardens of Japan.”

The e-book titled “Funda-in, sub-temple of Tofuku-ji” has 14 pages and 44 quality pictures of the historically important temple and garden. It introduces the Shoin architecture of the temple, the front garden, south garden and the tea house Tonan-tei and its adjacent tea garden (east garden), which was designed by Shigemori Mirei.

The e-book is the first world-wide to be written and published about the Funda-in temple gardens.

Edited by : Bill Hurley

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