Japan,  Travel

Golden shrine – Kunkaku-ji

Often gold is just pushy. Not in the wonderful garden of Kunkaku-ji temple. We started early in the morning to have a chance to take a photo. A warm and permanent rain supported us. There were many people, but not as much as usual.

Kyoto Kinkaku-ji (Golden shrine) © Julian Köpke
Reflections in Kunkaku-ji © Julian Köpke

Our next stop was Ryan-ji temple. 15 is the sum of 3+5+7 and a holy number. 15 stones are dressed in a field in front of the temple. No one is able to see all 15 stones at once, without moving the head. Photographing the field without being allowed to move freely yields a distorted image.

Kyoto Ryoan-ji temple Zen field © Julian Köpke

The change from the quiet and rich impressions of the Zen gardens in the city to the Nishiki market was a kind of crash program. The folding fans of Kyoto appeared as a motif once again.

Kyoto side street Nishiki market © Julian Köpke
Kyoto folding fans (sensu) © Julian Köpke

I like to make things visible the naked eye isn't able to see. That's part of my profession as a radiologist, too.

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