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Experience beyond time and space at KOMYOIN at night.

For three special days, see, touch, and feel the glorious artisan that has been passed down for 500 years.

In a main hall with a karesansui garden, where the autumn leaves shine brightly under the moonlight, the temple's priest introduces the influence that the Rinzai sect has imparted on Japanese culture, the essence of Rinzai Zen, and the significance of practicing zazen (Zen meditation). Through zazen, you'll feel your five senses becoming sharper, leading to a unity of mind. After five minutes, when you open your eyes, you are surrounded by artistic works and creative endeavors that remain unchanged from 500 years ago. Illuminated solely by the moonlight and traditional Japanese wax candles, you witness the artisan's traditional techniques. From the master of Japanese sword polishing, you learn to appreciate the nuances that can only be seen with the light of a Japanese wax candle and complete a Japanese painting. Savor meticulously prepared vegetarian dishes and enjoy Japanese sake on the veranda, gazing at the moonlit karesansui garden. Conclude your evening by enjoying the songs and dances of maiko/geisha. Why not indulge in this autumnal night to the fullest? This unique nighttime experience is sure to immerse you in the world of the Rinzai sect and the realm of Zen.

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