Golden Pavilion, Bamboo Groove and flowers on paper walls.

IMG_2208Temple of the Golden Pavilion or Kinkaku-ji surprises, marvels, puts in doubt, makes you wonder, then astonishes again…

The view from the entrance area could not be more picturesque. Yes, here it is clearer than ever: the Japanese culture is known for its exquisite landscape design and the constant search for beauty and perfection. Looking at the Golden Pavilion, however, i had a disturbing feeling that all in all it is a little bit too much for me. I kept wondering why do I dare to feel any kind of discontent having seen such a beauty, and I was lost. The only possible answer might have been the visiting experience itself. Kinkaku-ji is like a jewel box- richly looking, shiny outside and inside and closed to the outsiders. I realize how much more do I enjoy minimalistic and humble architecture, which I can experience with all my senses?

DSC_0170cDSC_0188cDSC_0215cFrom Kinkakujicho we took a small train to Arashiyama forest. Since Tenryu-ji temple was closed due to renovation, we walked around the gardens on our way to the famous bamboo grove. 

DSC_0254cDSC_0278cDSC_0292cDSC_0324cDSC_0289c   DSC_0376cDSC_0384cDSC_0547cIn the afternoon we went back to Gion, knowing how much more we have to see.
Chion-in temple above and below.

DSC_0533cDSC_0586cShoren-in temple with beautiful floral paintings on the wall was almost completely abandoned. Those atmospheric interiors and garden tempted us to pose a bit for a few pictures :)

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5 thoughts on “Golden Pavilion, Bamboo Groove and flowers on paper walls.

  1. Golden pavilion, absolutely stunning. Photos of you also beautiful, but is it just my impression or you’re starting to have your eyes more and more “Asiatic”?…. :D :*

  2. Kinkaku-ji was burned down once by an apprentice monk. A fictionalized account was given by Yukio Mishima in his novel The Temple of the Golden Pavilion. I think the story was about this monk who having seen the temple was unable to see beauty in anything else and was compelled to burn it down. So I guess you’re not the only one who have felt a kind of existentialist crisis after seeing the temple! :)

    • Hahaha, very nicely said, even though I can assure you that if there was any existential crisis then it is long gone and I had no problems whatsoever to see beauty in various other places in Japan :)
      Thanks for the interesting hint about the book YY :)

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