At Kodai-ji temple there are several formal gardens designed by Kobori Enshu, who was an architect and master Zen gardener, as well as a master of calligraphy, poetry, and tea ceremony. Kodaiji's south garden is a karesansui, or dry rock garden featuring a large area of raked gravel that is punctuated by conical gravel formations and surrounded by a border of moss and stone. The raked gravel of a karesansui is meant to evoke the ripple patterns that form in water.
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