NICK: Further Kyoto

Trip Start Jan 25, 2006
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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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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