Manpuku-ji Garden was designed by tea ceremony master, artist and garden designer Sesshu Toyo. The garden was built more than 500 years ago and is meant to express the doctrine of Zen Buddhism. Rocks were put in appropriate positions putting a stone meant to represent Mt Shumisen at its center. Mt. Shumisen or Mount Sumeru was thought as the center of the Buddhist Universe. The pond forms the Chinese character for 'Heart' or 'Mind'.