Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Kyoto with Jason

Before Jason left, we went to the old capitol of Japan - Kyoto. It's famous here and around the world for two things. Temples and Geisha. Although we didn't get a chance to go to Gion corner, we did see some fab (like the mister) temples.

An old Zen temple built by an unknown builder in the 14th to 16th century. It's highlight was the rock garden in which 15 stones were placed. Some say that you can only see 14 stones at any one angle from the viewing platform, and that to see the 15th stone you must attain a zen state.

Another Zen temple, but this one is famous for it's Golden pavillion. It was a great place to take pictures and if you're foreign looking school kids will ask you questions in English. Jason was politely mobbed by a group of kids while I pretended to be the Japanese friend. Hehehe.

While we have visited this one in the past, Heian is a nice place to visit with people from out of town. It has a fantastic garden that surrounds the temple, and a huge Torii in front of the entrance.

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