In Kyoto’s Ryohani Temple
The Zen Rock Garden laid out by Soami (Swami?) in the 16th century. Offers its fifteen rocks on white gravel. Perhaps waiting for one more to be complete. It looks like a smiling joke from the swami for all those who would wonder what it means. But it gives a smiling peace.
In the lobby of the Keihan hotel, a beautiful Yamaha piano sends forth ample notes to fill the space. It plays by itself, connected to an electronic sort of a recorder. The Japanese are very organised: they have eliminated the pianist.