Temple Gardens of Kyoto

<p>The temple gardens of Kyoto</p>

Byodo-In (The Phoenix Temple)  (A-101)

Byodo-In (The Phoenix Temple) (A-101)

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<< Return to The Temple Gardens of Kyoto Kyoto, Japan 平等院・鳳凰堂 (京都府宇治市宇治蓮華) “The clouds had lifted again, and the very last touch of sunset had grown brighter, as if sneaking in close. The quiet beauty of the garden was caught up in the restlessness of dusk. The carp in the pond were astir, the light filtered in tinted beams through the leaves. I stood on...

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Heian Jingu  ( A-107)

Heian Jingu ( A-107)

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<< Return to The Temple Gardens of Kyoto Kyoto, Japan. 平安神宮 (京都府京都市左京区) “The last brightness of the already-gone day burned darkly on a cloud that went slate colored as I watched. The air hummed and buzzed with insects, but their noise was a form of silence, not a sound, and over the whole garden lay a cushiony emptiness that absorbed and blotted up...

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Kosyo-Ji  (The Garden Path)  (A-117)

Kosyo-Ji (The Garden Path) (A-117)

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<< Return to The Temple Gardens of Kyoto Kyoto, Japan 興聖寺 (京都府宇治市宇治山田27) The path way towards the temple exists side by side with the creek where the sound of the water resembles the sound of Koto instrument, so it is also called, “Koto-saka/ 琴坂” “I saw a butterfly, the first of the spring. It was an outline in the distance and cobalt freshly...

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Fumon-In  (The Water Lily Pond) (B-100)

Fumon-In (The Water Lily Pond) (B-100)

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<< Return to The Temple Gardens of Kyoto Kyoto, Japan 東福寺普門院 (京都府京都市東山区本町) “I picked a blossom blindly off my forehead, opened my eyes and examined it against the sky, then set it on the thinly pleated water. Three carp rippled just beneath the surface, swimming languidly with a flawless coherence of instinct and beauty. There was something odd about...

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Hakusasonso  (B-142)

Hakusasonso (B-142)

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<< Return to The Temple Gardens of Kyoto Kyoto, Japan 白沙村荘 (京都市左京区浄土寺) Hakusasonso Villa was built by the Japanese painter Kansetsu Hashimoto in 1916 as his residence. “I was alone and at first glad of it… then tentative, feeling foolish, even a bit shy, like a man reacquainting himself with an old love, fearing he might be rebuffed.” -...

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Joshoko-Ji  (D-113)

Joshoko-Ji (D-113)

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<< Return to The Temple Gardens of Kyoto Kyoto, Japan 常照皇寺 (京都府京都市右京区京北井戸町字丸山) “Standing back in the shadows of the huge trees, the temple was so completely hidden that it appeared to have been walled to withstand a siege. Three long sections of the temple linked to form three sides of the rectangle around the central courtyard; the fourth side was...

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