Shosei-en never appeared in any of the garden lists; I just happened to notice it on the map. It was great–another favorite.This is a stroll garden with several tea houses, a large pond and a waterfall. Originally constructed as a retreat for the chief priest of one of the two large temples in downtown Kyoto it was peaceful and wonderful and I loved it.
After I spent my time in the garden I went over to the museum where I had seen the wonderful show last Saturday when it rained. I wanted the catalog but didn’t want to carry it in the rain. I think it weighs more than 5 pounds and I didn’t think I could cope with it, the umbrella and the wind. In the bright sunshine I bought the catalog and got it back to the hotel with no trouble.