The Ryoanji temple was our first stop during our second and final day in Kyoto. Besides being incredibly beautiful, it is home to a famous rock garden that plays tricks on the mind. Mimi pointed out a few optical illusions that the creators of the garden incorporated in the design. It’s not easy to see in the pictures, but there are 15 rocks in the garden. No matter where you sit to view the garden, you can only see 14 at a time. There is also some play with perspective that makes the garden appear a little bigger than it actually is. Some felt that the rocks represented ties between family members, some thought about people’s imperfections (or perfections) but not revealing them all at once. Comparing observations revealed some of the magic of this garden as well, which is how you view the garden and what you conclude is also a reflection of how you personally view the world.