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Kyoto
Home of the Geisha

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Kinkakuji (Temple of the Golden Pavillion).  The building is completely coated in gold leaf.

Ryoan-ji (Dragon Peace Temple).  The zen garden is said to be the purest example of the rock and gravel style.  I didn't get it!  Probably doesn't help that there were a couple of hundred people standing around me.

A professor at Kyoto University used to take his morning walk here.  Fifty years after his death, the walk became famous due to its many temples and shrines found along the way.  It was named the Philosopher's path after him. 

The gardens of Ginkaku-ji are breathtakingly beautiful.  They mix a sand garden with a pond garden.

When entering a temple/shrine, one must remove their shoes.  Notice the perfect alignment of these shoes!

Geisha always travel by rickshaw when going any distance from their residence.  

Kiyomizu-dera temple. The main hall veranda, " a nail-less miracle of Japanese joinery", offers wonderful views of Kyoto.

           

....and drink from its sacred spring (Kiyomizu means pure water).  Here Bill Hub drinks from the waters (green shirt).

 

20 Kilograms in all, and cost $7 million dollars to redo in 1950. 

Kris, Michelle and I had many great dinners in Kyoto.  We usually asked for the house co-su (house course)...meaning the fixed meal of the house.  Plus lots o' sake.  Here we enjoy a great meal in Gion (famous geisha district).

Just off of the path you find Ginkaku-ji (The temple of the Silver Pavillion).  It was built by the grandson of the golden pavilion, who unfortunately ran out of funds before adding the silver! 

The sand is said to represent a lake and a mountain, such as Mt. Fuji.  See previous picture to see the cone shape.

It rains 180 days a year in Japan.  Unfortunately, Michelle got to see a lot of it.  Here we are on the town at night.

I also visited Kyoto with our good friends the Hubs.  Here they stand in front of the "Golden Pavilion" (Kinkakuji).  

From the trails surrounding Kiyomizu. For over 1,000 years, pilgrims have climbed the slope to pray to the temple's 11-headed kannon image....

           

In Higashiyama, the neighborhood around Kiyomizu, there are many cobble stone streets and temples like this one.  

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