April 17, 2005
by Takashi Murachi; Yusuke Shimizu
The reason why this path was named Philosopher’s Path, comes from the exploits of a very famous philosopher, * Kitaro Nishida, who used to stroll along this path and muse over material for new poetry. From this, the path was first known as the path of meditation, and thereafter, Philosopher’s Path. Nowadays, this Philosopher’s Path is recognized as one of the best hundred paths in Japan, with many walking devotees making a pilgrimage there.
* Nishida was a representative philosopher in Japan. He graduated from Kyoto University and became a high school teacher, but later retired from this work and embarked on his career as a philosopher. In 1940, he received a medal of distinction as one who had contributed greatly to Japanese literature. He passed away, aged 75, in 1945.
Written by Takashi Murachi and Yusuke Shimizu