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Recalling Steve Jobs' love affair with Kyoto

Tech tycoon saw Zen simplicity in ancient capital's art, gardens, sweets

Steve Jobs, who helped U.S. computer maker Apple develop into a multinational tech giant, visited Kyoto repeatedly during his life, marveling at its Zen-inspired aesthetics.   © AP

KYOTO -- Steve Jobs, who transformed U.S. gadget maker Apple into a multinational tech giant, visited Kyoto a number of times during his life. He learned from Japan's Soto school of Zen Buddhism and, in a biography, said that Zen Buddhism was aesthetically sublime, and that the sublimity of Kyoto's gardens were a reflection of that faith.

A visit to Japan's ancient capital reveals aspects of Kyoto that Jobs found inspirational, as do conversations with some of the people who encountered him during his trips to the city.

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