Tiny Bowdoin College in Maine may not immediately make one think of zen gardens, but they have certainly done a fine job offering web users valuable online tours and insights into these peaceful and lovely places. Specifically, the site is dedicated to the gardens of Japan and (to be geographically more precise) to the historic gardens of Kyoto and its environs. Through the various pages dedicated to over twenty separate gardens, visitors may take virtual tours of each one and read extended histories on each locale. First-time visitors will want to read the overview essay, which discusses the importance of early Japanese gardens, and then continue on to the section which discusses the various elements of these gardens, such as bridges, sand, stones, and water. The site is rounded out by a bibliography for further exploration and a glossary of key terms.


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