Hawaii Big Island
|Yoshiko, energetic as
usual. I, on the other hand, . . . have jet lag.
||Yoshiko attired in
one of her finer kimonos.
||An early picture of us in Japan. It is nice to be
young and in love.
|The Nijo Castle
Ninomaru Garden in Kyoto was the private 16th century garden enjoyed by
||For the curious, here
is a unisex restroom. Use your imagination, but I will say
exercise your legs before travel to Japan!
||Kinkakuji, the Golden
Pavilion, is plated with 106 lbs. of real gold. The original
building dated to 1397 but burned in 1950, so the current building is a
|Two rarely seen and talented
Geisha perform traditional Japanese arts for
tourists occasionally and for the affluent frequently.
||The Great Buddha of
Kamakura is 44 ft. tall. Shortly after it was cast in bronze in 1252 the building
that surrounded it was washed away by a massive tidal wave.
||While strolling through Gion, Kyoto, I chanced upon a
Maiko, or Geisha in training, who graciously allowed me to take her
|Yoshiko comfortably at home in
Kyoto, an ancient city of 1,500 temples and myriad gardens.
||The Heian Shrine Garden in
central Kyoto is my favorite spot for feeding turtles and fish.
||Koi, or temple fish, swarm when bread crumbs are
tossed into the water.
|Ryoanji is a 15th century Zen rock
and gravel garden. What do the 15 stones and raked gravel signify?
out enjoying the hot July evening during the Gion Matsuri Festival.
||The national dish of
Japan, Sushi. It is eaten out, or delivered right to the door like
|Our darling nieces,
Yukino on the left, and Hinano. At their tender age, they already speak
better Japanese than Uncle Dan does!
compound inaugurated in 888 A.D. The temple is known for its low, squat
Omuro Cherry trees.
||Horyuji Temple in
Nara is home to the world's oldest wooden buildings. The construction of
the Golden Kondo
Hall shown above was completed in 680.
|The fall splendor of Kyoto's
Ninnaji Temple. It was formerly known as Omuro Palace, a complex of 60
buildings that dated to 888.
||Ninnaji Temple is renowned for
its colorful cherry trees. The five storied pagoda was constructed in
Ryoanji Temple houses the world renown Zen rock
garden, but the great pond and exotic plants that surround it are also impressive.
|The maple trees of the 123 acre
Ryoanji compound, ablaze with fall color behind a hand tied bamboo
||The phoenix crown of the Golden Pavilion
Temple peeks out through the canopy of the colorful fall foliage.
||The Gold Pavilion, built
by Shogun Yoshimitsu in 1397 for his retirement villa. The inside and outside of
the top two floors are decorated in gold leaf.
|Yoshiko standing beneath the
eaves of an eight-sided pagoda at the Tofukuji Temple compound.
||A tsukubai water basin accents a
hillside garden and stone walkway at Tofukuji Temple.
||Raked gravel courtyard
surrounded by a wall and gate at the Tofukuji compound.
|Yoshiko, my darling wife, waits for me
valley bridge at Tofukuji Temple.
||Tofukuji courtyard that
demonstrates the minimalist approach to garden design.
||Another Tofukuji courtyard illustrates
a similar theme, but using greenery this time.
|Near the top of a
mountain on Enoshima Island we came upon a sanctuary of Jizo Statues, which memorialize
deceased infants and fetuses.
||Near Tokyo on the east coast of
Japan, we encountered this interesting deity in a Kamakura garden.
||Montage of the Yokohama
skyline and harbor, which is actually a southern bedroom community of Tokyo.
|Appearing to be
Geisha, they are young girls who have paid a fee to a salon to make them
up as the revered artisans.
||The ensconced private garden at
the Ninnaji Temple compound, which was reserved for the ancient aristocracy.
||Ground zero for Zen philosophy,
the world renown Ryoanji Temple rock and raked gravel garden, which was
constructed around 1500.
|One of many incarnations of the
famous ultra high speed bullet train, known in Japan as the Shinkansen,
travels nearly 200 miles per hour.
||A rare dancing exhibition given by
two beautiful Geisha of the world renown Gion area in Kyoto.
||A dancer performs under the
moonlight dressed in the many layered kimono of a 12th century woman.
|The Great Daibutsu Buddha of
Todaiji Temple in Nara is 49 ft. tall, dates to the 8th century, and
weighs 996,000 lbs.
||This Nijo Castle compound tea house
was used by the Shogun and other
aristocrats for moon viewing parties.
||One of many ornately decorated
gates that surround the Higashi Honganji Temple compound located in downtown Kyoto.
|The Nijo Castle Garden pond
traversed by a stone
bridge. A tea house is in the distance.
||The Ginkakuji Temple or Silver
Pavilion, which dates to 1460, sits obscured behind evergreen garden foliage.
||An inner courtyard at the
Nanzenji Temple, founded in 1291, illustrates the Zen influence on garden design.
|Gnarled, twisted evergreen trees
and meticulously placed stones populate this Silver Pavilion garden.
||A small Silver
Pavilion pond that is full of brightly colored Koi fish and green turtles.
||Ginkakuji's garden architecture
showcases the simplicity of the white, checkered
courtyard wall juxtaposed against the more traditional gate in the
|The Silver Pavilion was built
around 1460 as an aristocrat's retirement villa.
||The Silver Pavilion sits in the
center of a garden that features a pond, evergreens, and raked gravel.
||The South Central Gate at
Todaiji Temple in Nara. The lantern dates to the 8th century.
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