Shisendo is a so-called scholars garden in eastern Kyoto designed by Jozen Ishikawa as a personal retreat. Ishikawa was a scholar and landscape architect. After he retired from samurai service he devoted the rest of his life to learning Chinese classics. When he was 59 he built his masterpiece as a retirement villa which has come to be known as Shisendo. The hermitage later became a Zen Buddhist templ of the Soto sect.
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