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Well the rain has started and we are all longing for the 70 degree weather we had in Tokyo a few days ago.  So KJ and I got up pretty early yesterday and went out to find coffee (we finally found a Starbucks late yesterday afternoon) and on our walk we found this incredible  bakery about two blocks from the Okura Hotel.  We can’t believe how many good bakeries there are throughout Japan.  It seems bakery goods are very inexpensive  as we purchased five different things and the cost was around 640 Yen.

Jeff indicated we should head over to the Gold Temple as this is a very famous temple in Japan.

The entry into the temple grounds

The entry into the temple grounds

The next photo is of the Golden Pavilion or Kinkaku.

金閣寺, literally Temple of the Golden Pavilion

金閣寺, literally Temple of the Golden Pavilion

The Golden Pavilion, or Kinkaku, is a three-story building on the grounds of the Rokuon-ji temple complex. The top two stories of the pavilion are covered with pure gold leaf. The pavilion functions as a shariden, housing relics of the Buddha (Buddha’s Ashes). The top floor is built in traditional Chinese cha’an style, also known as zenshu-butsuden-zukuri; and the middle floor in the style of warrior aristocrats, or buke-zukuri. The ground floor is rendered in shinden-zukuri style, reminiscent of the residential style of the Heian imperial aristocracy. The building is often linked or contrasted with Ginkaku-ji (Silver Pavilion Temple), and Shōkoku-ji, which are also located in Kyoto.

The Golden Pavilion is set in a magnificent Japanese strolling garden (kaiyū-shiki). The pond in front of it is called Kyōko-chi (Mirror Pond). There are many islands and stones on the pond that represent the Buddhist creation story.

Small islands with Japanese Black Pines

Small islands with Japanese Black Pines

There were several small waterfalls on the grounds and the next two photos are of one that we enjoyed.  The second photo is a closeup of the stone that is being hit by the falling water.

A small but beautiful waterfall

A small but beautiful waterfall

Waterfall  close up

Waterfall close up

Along our walk we came to numerous building structures but this one really struck me. We have several bronze huts in our collection of things from Japan and these huts have straw or thatched roofs.  What amazed us both was how thick the straw was on the roof as can be seen from the photo below.

Thatched Roof

Thatched Roof

The ground were both beautiful and very relaxing.  This is the sort of image we have of Japan but let me tell say that this is the antithesis of most of the major cities with millions of people, cars, buses and trains everywhere!

On the way out we  had to traverse this set of steps. The steps  are beautifully done in stone likely from  the Kamogawa River.

Stairs leading down the hill

Stairs leading down the hill

Notice along the right side of the path on the wall there are decorative tops running the length of the fence. This next photos shows the details in them.

Fence detail

Fence detail

Next we decided to visit the Silver Temple known as the JinKakuji.

Entrance to Jinkakuji

Entrance to Jinkakuji

Upon our entry was a lovely stone who meaning I don’t know but it  added greatly to the ground’s entrace.

The pathways are  quite beautiful on the grounds.

The diamond walk

The diamond walk

Next we approach what is known as the Sea of Silver Sand.  How this built by hand is quite amazing.

The Ginshadan

The Ginshadan

As we walked up the hills there was a view back at the Ginshadan.  The use of space by the Japanese works in many visual directions. Note  how the Ginshadan looks close up but also from afar.

Up on the hills looking down at the Ginshadan

Up on the hills looking down at the Ginshadan

There was one other sand structure down by the Ginshadan called the Kogetsudai.  I have read different versions of what this means but the one I like  is “a mountain surrounded by a moonlit sea.”

Kogetsudai

Kogetsudai

As we proceeded up the hills we came a cross another lovely waterfall.

A petite waterfall

A petite waterfall

On the grounds near the waterfall there were numerous small plants with beautiful but muted colors.  Here is an example.

Nature's color pallette

Nature's color pallette

The temple grounds are segmented into different scenes based on the size of the area.  From the small waterfall above to the most vast garden in this next photo.

Stone with Pines

Stone with Pines

We took many more photos but these are a good representation of how beautiful the temple ground are and we  hope you get a sense of the tranquility.

We decided to head out and go visit the antique shops in Central Kyoto.  The rains began in earnest.  We also discovered today was a national holiday so only a few shops were  open.  However as we approached the antique area we came across two things which made the trip worthwhile. We will  let the photos speak for themselves.

Kimono and Umbrellas

Kimonos and Umbrellas

A picture of patience and beauty

A picture of patience and beauty

The Golden Pavilion, or Kinkaku, is a three-story building on the grounds of the Rokuon-ji temple complex. The top two stories of the pavilion are covered with pure gold leaf. The pavilion functions as a shariden, housing relics of the Buddha (Buddha’s Ashes). The top floor is built in traditional Chinese cha’an style, also known as zenshu-butsuden-zukuri; and the middle floor in the style of warrior aristocrats, or buke-zukuri. The ground floor is rendered in shinden-zukuri style, reminiscent of the residential style of the Heian imperial aristocracy. The building is often linked or contrasted with Ginkaku-ji (Silver Pavilion Temple), and Shōkoku-ji, which are also located in Kyoto.

The Golden Pavilion is set in a magnificent Japanese strolling garden (kaiyū-shiki). The pond in front of it is called Kyōko-chi (Mirror Pond). There are many islands and stones on the pond that represent the Buddhist creation story.

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