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Ryoanji

Originally a villa of the Tokudaiji family it was taken over by Hosokawa Katsumoto in 1450 and turned into a Zen temple.

The famous rock garden in front of the quarters of the head priest
is a Historic Site and Special Place of Scenic Beauty.

The camellia tree that was reportedly praised by Toyotomi Hideyoshi stands by
the fence in the eastern garden of the quarters of the head priest.

In December 1994 this simple yet profound garden of 15 rocks
set on white gravel was listed as a part of the World Heritage.

Near the eastern garden there stands a teahouse Zorokuan.

What’s Izakaya 

An Izakaya is the Japanese equivalent of a pub.

It’s good place to visitwhen you want a cusual meal, a wide selection of food, a hearty atmosphere and,of course, plenty of beer and sake.

When you enter an Izakaya, you are given the choice of sitting around the counter,at a table or on a tatami floor.

You usually order a bit at a time, choosing from a selection of typical Japanese foods like Yakitori,

Sashimi, and grilled fish, as well as Japanese interpretations of Western foods like french fries.

Karate was firast introduced from China to Okinawa, where it developed as the art ofself defence when weapons were prohibited.

Figters trained their whole bodies to be used as weapons.

There are two types of Karate matches, Kumite and Kata.

Kumite is a sparring matsh where points are scored when players stop their thrustsand kicks inches from their opponent’s bodies.

In Kata maches, they demonstrate combinations of various technipues.

Spiritual aspects are also stressed in Karate.

What’s  Kendo

Kendo was developed as an essential discipline for Samurai warriors during the Edo period.

 Influenced by Buddhism and Confucianism, it stresses not only the acuisition of technique, but spiritual refinement.

In a kendo match, participants wearing protective gear attack each other with bamboo swords called shinai.

Points are scored by hitting an opponent’s head, trunk, and forearms or charging at the throat with a shinai.