NICK: Further Kyoto

Trip Start Jan 25, 2006
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Trip End Feb 25, 2008


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Monday, February 20, 2006

We hit all the furthest corner of Kyoto from the hostel. We bought One-Day bus passes and headed out to the furthest reaches of the city.

We saw Kinkakuji (the Golden Shrine), and the most famous rock garden in the world, Ryoanji.

I think this Zen rock garden is the one that inspired those crappy "Mini-Zen rock gardens" that you find at Urban Outfitters or your friendly neighborhood kitsch-supplier. Unfortunately, the rock garden wall was under construction. I'll upload a pic of what it SHOULD look like, and part of a pic as to what it currently looks like.

You tell me if the effect is ruined.

I wanted to ask for my money back, but we got there with 15 mins til closing - we quickly contemplated our existences in a Zen-like fashion and got our asses moving to make it around the rest of the plant garden.

Apparently, there is a Ginkakuji (Silver Shrine) but it never got covered in silver.. probably a good idea since silver tarnishes. Gold does not.
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munchulli
munchulli on

Another name for Kinkakuji
We call it Golden Pavillion and Silver Pavillion. The unobstructed view of Golden Pavillion is magnificent. Gion's photo is excellent, too.

niknash
niknash on

Re: Another name for Kinkakuji
Thanks mom, I rather liked those photos, too.

Ash took the unobstructed picture. I was uneasy about the signs saying 'no photophotographing' but all the Japanese were using their phones to take pictures anyways. (-:

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