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|The early 17th
century Ninomaru Garden at Kyoto's Nijo Imperial Castle.
||The Shogun's private
overlooks the stones, islands, and pond of the Nijo Castle garden.
means hall of 33 bays and dates to 1266, is 390 ft. long and houses over
1,000 life sized, golden Buddhist statues.
|At the Kiyomizu
Temple complex, a gardener tends to a hillside below the west Benevolent
||In western Kyoto near
Kiyomizu Temple, just below a mountain peak the Koyasu-no-to pagoda pokes through the dense greenery
above the city.
||This is not a park or
a garden, but a small stream that meanders through Uji,
a suburban area of Kyoto, which typifies Japanese neighborhood landscaping.
|This back area at
Nijo Castle in central Kyoto gets little traffic, yet it is meticulously
||Away from the main
buildings at Nijo Castle, this tea house was utilized by medieval aristocrats for
||At Nijo Castle, an
inviting path leads across a stone bridge and on toward the main area of
|Nijo Castle, which
dates to 1603, consists of 70 acres of landscaped grounds.
||A massive wall at
Nijo Castle decorated with ornate gold craftwork and a golden
chrysanthemum, the Shogun's imperial crest.
||Master stonework at
Nijo Castle, which is surrounded by massive main walls and a moat.
|Nijo Castle moat and
||Nijo Castle moat
showing the massive bulwarks that shielded the Shogun from the outside
mountainside temple in northern Kyoto overlooks the city.
|The main entrance to
the Nijo Castle complex of buildings. A gold, circular chrysan- themum at
the roof's apex is the imperial crest.
||A Ryokan, or Japanese
Inn, where one can soak in a spa and eat the finest Japanese cuisine.
||At the Ryokan, a small table is pulled aside and futons, which are fluffy, cotton covered
quilts, are pulled from wall closets. All Japanese sleep this way.
|In the eastern
foothills of Kyoto, the west entrance gate to Kiyomizu Temple overlooks the
||Nara's Todaiji Temple
dates to 743 and is the largest wooden building in the world. It was built
with no nails.
||Near the Japan Sea
north of Kyoto, a small temple showcases stone Jizo deities.
|Near the Japan Sea,
octopus dry in the sun outside a seafood shop.
||Near the Japan Sea
north of Kyoto, a bell tower awaits visitors along the trail of a forested, hillside temple complex.
||A hillside pagoda
overlooks Amanohashidate harbor north of Kyoto near the Japan Sea.
|Amanohashidate is a
small community north of Kyoto on the Japan Sea that is popular with
||North of Kyoto on the
Japan Sea, a forest mother of mercy deity is encountered.
||Another view of a hillside pagoda
that overlooks Amanohashidate near the Japan Sea.
|On the Japan Sea, an
ancient pagoda sits amidst a neglected cemetery.
||The Hashidate Express
Train that runs between Kyoto and the Japan Sea.
||A large scale
renovation project at a rural village between Kyoto and the Japan Sea.
built during the 17th century, is a Tendai Zen temple in northeast
||Manshuin garden seen
from the wooden veranda skirting the main temple building.
showing the striations raked into the off-white gravel by temple monks.
|Medieval samurai shot
arrows toward targets down the length of Sanjusangendo Temple's 390 ft. veranda.
carp swarm when bread sticks are tossed into the water. Many approach 15
||Gion, Kyoto is the
world renown center of Geisha arts. Here, two perform traditional
|Panorama of southeast
Kyoto shows rail lines emanating from Kyoto's main train station.
||A dancer dressed in a
multi-layered kimono similar to those worn in 11th century Japan.
||Panorama of eastern
Kyoto and foothills. A shinkansen, or bullet train, elevated railway
line is on the
|Atom bomb air blast
in Hiroshima stripped stones and bricks from the building and blew them into
||Osaka Castle sits on
a high promontory at the center of the city. Stone walls and a deep moat are
||The moat and stone
bulwarks of Osaka Castle were a formidable defense during the feudal middle
promenade and stilted restaurant patios line the Kamo River in downtown
||A Maiko, otherwise
known as an apprentice Geisha, performs traditional dance in the Gion Geisha
||In the Kamo River
rapids, a solitary Japanese crane searches the water for a meal.
windows, plastic replicas of the food they serve are on display, which
is typical for most restaurants.
||One of two 30 ft.
tall Kongo Rikishi guardians carved out of wood in the 13th century that flank the
Todaiji Temple Great Nandaimon gate
||The second of two 30
ft. tall guardians that flank the opening of Todaiji Temple gate. They
were sculpted by Unkei and Kaikei in the 13th century.
Temple, one of two 15 ft. tall wood-carved statues stationed behind the
Great Daibutsu Buddha.
||In Nara, the great
Todaiji Temple, home of the Daibutsu Buddha and statue shown in photo on
||An upscale Kyoto home
that combines traditional architecture with modern components.
|Air burst damage at
the A Bomb Dome in Hiroshima. Notice the stones blown into the ground
from the blast.
||In Hiroshima, the A
Bomb Memorial Mound where the ashes of over 70,000 people are interred.
||A nuclear blast 600
meters above this dome on August 6, 1945 killed 120 people in the
building and over 200,000 in Hiroshima.
|Japan is hot and
humid during summer. At Kiyomizu Temple in eastern Kyoto, I take an
overdue drink of water.
||The much busier
commercial area of the world renown Gion, Kyoto Geisha tea house
greeted Itami International Airport arrivals in Osaka until it was converted
to domestic flights with the inauguration of Kansai International
|A torii gate, which
marks the doorway to the gods, indicates the demarcation point between
Nara Park and Shinto shrine property.
||At Kiyomizu Temple,
study of the three storied pagoda's architecture. Built in 1633, it was
painted its original vermilion color in 1987.
buildings were built from the 16th through 18th centuries. Emperors and
Shoguns worshiped at this important Buddhist site.
|A small Jizo Temple
at Kiyomizu Temple. Folklore suggests that if you pray here and see the
face of your deceased child you can be sure that your child is at peace.
Hondo, or Main Hall, was built in 1633. The main feature is the Butai
dancing stage in front, which is propped up by scaffold beams above a 40
Main Hall overlooks Kyoto from the eastern mountains. This view shows a
bit of the intricate scaffolding that supports the dancing stage.
|A view of Kyoto from
Kiyomizu Temple. The spire is the observation deck of the Kyoto Tower
Hotel at city center.
||The Shoro Bell Tower
at Kiyomizu Temple, which was built in 1596. The bell it shelters was
cast in 1478.
||At the Heian Shrine
garden, the Taihei-kaku covered bridge design was influenced by the Gold
and Silver Pavilions.
|From a trail away
from the great pond, a building looms in the distance at the Heian
||Off the tourist path
at a secluded hillside temple in Nara.
||Wild deer roam
throughout Nara, especially the large park. Here, one rests in
the shade of a pair of ancient stone lanterns.
|The right concourse
of the Byodoin Temple gives a close-up of 10th and 11th century Heian Period
||The Byodoin Temple,
built in the 10th century, on the west bank of the Uji River in Kyoto.
originally the rural villa of nobleman Minamoto-no-toru. In 998 it was
donated to another nobleman and converted to a temple in 1052.
|Detailed view of the
left concourse of the Byodoin Temple gives a close-up of Heian Period architecture.
||Close-up of Byodoin
right concourse shows mortise and tenon joinery that made it possible to
build the structure without nails.
||Another close-up view
of Byodoin Temple's 1,000-year-old right concourse.
|The South Central
Gate of Todaiji Temple. The Daibutsuden building which
houses the great Buddha rises behind it.
||In Nara at the
Todaiji Temple complex, a close-up of the no- nails mortise and tenon
construction technique used to build the Great Nandaimon gate in 1199.
||A peripheral gate and
main gate at Higashi Honganji Temple in downtown Kyoto, founded by
Shogun Ieyasu Tokugawa in 1602.
|The maze-like walkway
that greets visitors to the Silver Pavilion Temple complex, founded in
the late 15th century.
||In eastern Kyoto, a
pleasant stone and greenery scaped entrance greets visitors to Ginkakuji
Temple, otherwise known as the Silver Pavilion.
||Near the Gold
Pavilion, Yoshiko beckons me to follow her through the Torii gate and
toward the wooden temple gate in the background.
|Between two tea
houses in the famous Gion Geisha district, a doorway opens onto a
beautifully landscaped path.
||A closer look at the
path shown in the photo on left. Where does a path so meticulously
||Once housed in a huge
temple building, a tsunami washed away the structure that surrounded the
Great Buddha of Kamakura in 1495.
|Three beautiful young
ladies dressed as Geishas at the Byodoin Temple.
||This pretty young
lady paid a salon a fee to make her up like a Geisha for the day.
||The Japanese enjoy
dressing in traditional ceremonial clothing.
|A Buddhist deity in
serene meditation in a Kamakura garden located on the east coast of
||Proud families gather
at Byodoin Temple to take photographs of their daughters dressed as
||Celebrants of the
Jidai Matsuri Festival dress in garb similar to that worn in ancient
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