The Garden of Boulders, or Sazareishi-no-niwa, is the main garden of Shunkoin. The theme of the garden is the Great Shrine of Ise in Mie Prefecture. The Great Shrine of Ise is the head shrine of all Shinto shrines in Japan. This garden houses a shrine to Toyouke-no-omikami, a goddess of agriculture. It is common to see Buddhist and Shinto objects enshrined at the same place in Japan because until the the Meiji period. it was a popular belief in Japan that Shinto deities are various forms of the Buddha that existed to save people.
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