Japan Philosophical Landscapes "Journeys Around a Spatially Arranged Landscape

Journeys around a spatially organised landscape was the principle behind the pilgrimage circuit. EG in Kyoto ,the pilgrimages are not arranged to a hierarchical route leading to an ultimate goal but on a non hierarchical organisation around a system of magical numbers. Pilgrims were guided not to a specific destination but past a certain number of temples on a route all of which were of equal importance. This is an abstract system which works like a framework which is transferable so that it organise other situations in the same way. (Like a blueprint) Pilgrimages which had stretched over hundreds of miles could be condensed to fit in your own back garden These type of gardens were a final attempt to re introduce an explicit religious element into the secularised traditions of garden architecture in Japan.

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