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Ukifune Garden


Genji Kyoto Hotel

Kyoto, Japan


The central courtyard garden next to the lobby, the Ukifune Garden, is an allegorical interpretation of the eponymous chapter from the Genji Monogatari. The drifting boat in Genji represents the untethered evanescence of human experience. In the garden it is represented with a boat-like stone carrying a patch of moss. The boat-stone can also be interpreted as our own planet Earth, drifting through the universe. 

Architecture: Geoffrey Moussas

Genji Kyoto Hotel

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