Friday, November 21, 2003
Kyoto, part 1
What can I say? The city is fantastic, and I've only seen a small portion of it. I went up this past Wednesday with another new teacher, a fellow American named Tom from Baltimore. We checked out the north-western part of Kyoto... Kinkakuji temple, Ryuanji temple, and Ninnaji temple. Great stuff... fabulous fall colors of the Japanese maple trees.
The walkway to Kinkakuji.
Kinkakuji temple... the former home of an ancient shogun, the guy decided to show everybody how much of a balla he was by goldplating his house. After his death, the house and the surround estate was donated to a Buddhist sect. Oh yeah, the pond is filled with koi too.
Bling bling! Shiny, eh? I heard when it's really sunny, the light reflecting from the temple can almost be blinding. I bet the thing attracts lightning strikes like no other building in Kyoto.
Guess who... yeah, my proof I was there.
Stone guardians on the Kinkaji temple grounds... you throw 'em some yen-age, and if you're lucky enough to get your yen in the bowl, your wishes or dream will be granted by the guardians.
A lot of lost wishes and fallen dreams, eh?
to be continued...
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