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Kyoto's Shodenji Temple tugged Bowie's heartstrings

The beauty of Shodenji Temple's karesansui (dry rock and sand) garden is enhanced by the view of Mount Hiei in the background.

KYOTO -- David Bowie, the British rock legend who died in January at the age of 69, liked to immerse himself in the tranquility of Shodenji, a Zen Buddhist temple in Kyoto.

     The temple, in Nishigamo in Kyoto's Kita Ward, is known for its beautiful karesansui dry landscape garden, which was created with mount Hiei serving as a backdrop in the distance. On a wintry day in December 1979, Bowie stood still and shed tears while gazing at the garden. 

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