Kyoto served as Japan’ capital for more than a 1,000 years; and to this day, remnants of its past glory can be gleaned from the stunning collection of UNESCO World Heritage sites. The Daikaku-ji Temple was constructed during Japan’s Heian Period (794-1185), an age of aristocracy. Their refined taste found its way into the design of temple buildings and gardens. Buildings were designed to surround an inner garden containing a stream and trees, balancing and harmonizing natures’ main intrinsic elements. The buildings often had no walls, but instead latticed shutters or sliding doors all around. When the shutters or doors were completely opened, the inside of the rooms became a part of the outside world. Outside roofed corridors connecting each building were also a place where they could touch nature, enjoy the gardens, and breathe and feel fresh air, yet be protected from rain, snow and strong sunshine.
Excerpted from http://en.japantravel.com/view/kyoto-daikaku-ji-temple
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