Shisendo, Kyoto, Japan every picture of Japan is soothing, like a calling to your soul "home". The distinguished & solemn beauty of these places in Japan. I can imagine meditating all day with my mind traveling to other places.
Japonism (from the French Japonisme, first used in is the influence of the Japanese art, culture, and aesthetics. The term is used particularly to refer to Japanese influence on European art, especially in impressionism.
Temple Entry, Japan photo via amy. Hard to believe the same nation that perpetuated the rape of Nanking and the Bataan Death March, also gives us rock gardens and some of the most beautiful and tranquil places on earth.