• Japan August 31, 2009 3 Comments
    2009
    Aug
    31

    Tokyo (東京), officially Tokyo Metropolis (東京都), is one of the 47 prefectures of Japan and is located on the eastern side of the main island Honshū. The twenty-three special wards of Tokyo, each governed as a city, cover the area that was once the city of Tokyo in the eastern part of the prefecture, totaling over 8 million people.

    The population of the prefecture exceeds 12 million. The prefecture is the centre of the Greater Tokyo Area, the world’s most populous metropolitan area with 35 million people and the world’s largest metropolitan economy with purchasing power parity.

    Night in Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan. Photo by KaKa. http://kakanow.com

    Night in Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan. Photo by KaKa. http://kakanow.com

    This is a design school and this modern building already become a new landmarks at Shinjuku, Tokyo. Japan, Photo by KaKa.

    This is a design school and this modern building already become a new landmarks at Shinjuku, Tokyo. Japan, Photo by KaKa.

    Night in Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan. Photo by KaKa. http://kakanow.com

    Night in Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan. Photo by KaKa. http://kakanow.com

    Night in Kabukicho, Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan. Photo by KaKa. http://kakanow.com

    Night in Kabukicho, Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan. Photo by KaKa. http://kakanow.com

    Night in Kabukicho, Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan. Photo by KaKa. http://kakanow.com

    Night in Kabukicho, Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan. Photo by KaKa. http://kakanow.com

    In Tokyo, many High-rise buildings only have very small land area. Japan, Tokyo, Shinjuku, Photo by KaKa. http://kakanow.com

    In Tokyo, many High-rise buildings only have very small land area. Japan, Tokyo, Shinjuku, Photo by KaKa. http://kakanow.com

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  • KaKa's Feeling August 30, 2009 No Comments
    2009
    Aug
    30

    If you want to know what is the lake, you can ask a duck.
    A beautiful male mallards is enjoying its own life on the lake.
    An inconspicuous female duck is enjoying its life on the lake, too.
    The beautiful male mallards meet the inconspicuous female duck…
    A pair of duck lovers on the beautiful lake and enjoy their life together.

    A beautiful mallards is enjoying its own life on the lake. Photo by KaKa. http://kakanow.com

    A beautiful male mallards is enjoying its own life on the lake. Photo by KaKa. http://kakanow.com

    A beautiful mallards is enjoying its own life on the lake. Photo by KaKa. http://kakanow.com

    A beautiful male mallards is enjoying its own life on the lake. Photo by KaKa. http://kakanow.com

    An inconspicuous female duck is enjoying its life on the lake too. Photo by KaKa. http://kakanow.com

    An inconspicuous female duck is enjoying its life on the lake, too. Photo by KaKa. http://kakanow.com

    The beautiful mallards meet the inconspicuous female duck on the lake... Photo by KaKa. http://kakanow.com

    The beautiful male mallards meet the inconspicuous female duck on the lake... Photo by KaKa. http://kakanow.com

    A pair of duck lovers on the beautiful lake and enjoy their life together. Photo by KaKa. http://kakanow.com

    A pair of duck lovers on the beautiful lake and enjoy their life together. Photo by KaKa. http://kakanow.com

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  • 2009
    Aug
    29

    Is it Japanese way?
    Japan attaches great importance to refuse classification. The classification method looks very complicated for the foreigner tourists. In Japan, even the humble covers are also can be very lovely landscaping. In main big city, smoking is forbidden in the street, the violation person will be fined.

    Japan attaches great importance to refuse classification. The classification method looks very complicated for the foreigner

    Japan attaches great importance to refuse classification. Japan, Tokyo, Tour, Photo by KaKa. http://kakanow.com

    Lovely manhole cover at shinsaibashi in Osaka, Japan. Photo by KaKa. http://kakanow.com

    Lovely manhole cover at shinsaibashi in Osaka, Japan. Photo by KaKa. http://kakanow.com

    Another lovely manhole cover at Osaka Castle, Japan. Photo by KaKa. http://kakanow.com

    Another lovely manhole cover at Osaka Castle, Japan. Photo by KaKa. http://kakanow.com

    Another lovely manhole cover at shinsaibashi in Osaka, Japan. Photo by KaKa. http://kakanow.com

    Another lovely manhole cover at shinsaibashi in Osaka, Japan. Photo by KaKa. http://kakanow.com

    In Japan's big city, smoking is forbidden in the street,the violation person will be fined. Japan, Tokyo, Tour, Photo by KaKa

    In Japan's big city, smoking is forbidden in the street,the violation person will be fined. Japan, Tokyo, Tour, Photo by KaKa

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  • 2009
    Aug
    28

    Appearance of Pure Land?

    Kinkaku-ji Temple Garden was designed as a paradise garden in which to stroll and meditate, remembering that Buddha had lived and preached in a grove. The garden has symbolic buildings and features, including a flying crane lake and a tortoise island which divides the lake into two sections.

    The shore of the lake is dotted with rocks. The garden was formerly the North Hill Villa. It became a Deer Park (named after Buddha’s Deer Park of Isipatana, but without deer) when acquired by Shogun Yoshimitsu. The gilded temple is Chinese in style but has an un-Zen-like gaudiness.

    Kinkakuji has exquisite and beautiful Japanese garden. Japan, Kyoto, summer vacation. Photo by KaKa.

    Kinkakuji has exquisite and beautiful Japanese garden. Japan, Kyoto, summer vacation. Photo by KaKa.

    Kinkakuji has exquisite and beautiful Japanese garden. Japan, Kyoto, summer vacation. Photo by KaKa.

    Kinkakuji has exquisite and beautiful Japanese garden. Japan, Kyoto, summer vacation. Photo by KaKa.

    A small stone Buddhist pagoda in the Kinkakuji garden. Japan, Kyoto, Kinkaku-ji Temple, summer vacation. Photo by KaKa.

    A small stone Buddhist pagoda in the Kinkakuji garden. Japan, Kyoto, Kinkaku-ji Temple, summer vacation. Photo by KaKa.

    Kinkakuji has exquisite and beautiful Japanese garden. Japan, Kyoto, summer vacation. Photo by KaKa.

    Kinkakuji has exquisite and beautiful Japanese garden. Japan, Kyoto, summer vacation. Photo by KaKa.

    A worker working in Kinkakuji garden. Japan, Kyoto, Kinkaku-ji Temple, summer vacation. Photo by KaKa.

    A worker working in Kinkakuji garden. Japan, Kyoto, Kinkaku-ji Temple, summer vacation. Photo by KaKa.

    A red pine in the Kinkakuji Temple garden, amazing! Japan, Kyoto, Kinkaku-ji Temple, summer vacation. Photo by KaKa.

    A red pine in the Kinkakuji Temple garden, amazing! Japan, Kyoto, Kinkaku-ji Temple, summer vacation. Photo by KaKa.

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  • 2009
    Aug
    27

    Kinkaku-ji (literally Temple of the Golden Pavilion), or formally Rokuon-ji (Deer Garden Temple) is a Zen Buddhist temple in Kyoto, Japan. The Golden Pavilion, or Kinkaku, is a three-story building on the grounds of the Rokuon-ji temple complex. The top two stories of the pavilion are covered with pure gold leaf. The pavilion functions as a shariden, housing relics of the Buddha (Buddha’s Ashes).

    Kinkaku-ji was originally built in 1397 to serve as a retirement villa for Shogun Ashikaga Yoshimitsu, as part of his estate then known as Kitayama. It was his son who converted the building into a Zen temple of the Rinzai school.

    In 1984, the coating of Japanese lacquer was found a little decayed, and a new coating as well as gilding with gold-leaf, much thicker than the original coatings (5/10,000mm instead of 1/10,000mm), was completed in 1987. Additionally, the interior of the building, including the paintings and Yoshimitsu’s statue, were also restored. Finally, the roof was restored in 2003.

    The top floor is built in traditional Chinese cha’an style, also known as zenshu-butsuden-zukuri; and the middle floor in the style of warrior aristocrats, or buke-zukuri. The ground floor is rendered in shinden-zukuri style, reminiscent of the residential style of the Heian imperial aristocracy. The building is often linked or contrasted with Ginkaku-ji (Silver Pavilion Temple), and Shōkoku-ji, which are also located in Kyoto.

    The Golden Pavilion is set in a magnificent Japanese strolling garden (kaiyū-shiki). The pond in front of it is called Kyōko-chi (Mirror Pond). There are many islands and stones on the pond that represent the Buddhist creation story.

    Kinkakuji has exquisite and beautiful Japanese garden. Japan, Kyoto, summer vacation. Photo by KaKa.

    Kinkakuji has exquisite and beautiful Japanese garden. Japan, Kyoto, summer vacation. Photo by KaKa.

    Kinkakuji has exquisite and beautiful Japanese garden. Japan, Kyoto, summer vacation. Photo by KaKa.

    Kinkakuji has exquisite and beautiful Japanese garden. Japan, Kyoto, summer vacation. Photo by KaKa.Kinkakuji be used gold leaf to decorative the building surface. Japan, Kyoto, summer vacation. Photo by KaKa.

    Kinkakuji be used gold leaf to decorative the building surface. Japan, Kyoto, summer vacation. Photo by KaKa.

    Kinkakuji be used gold leaf to decorative the building surface. Japan, Kyoto, summer vacation. Photo by KaKa.

    Kinkakuji be used gold leaf to decorative the building surface. Japan, Kyoto, summer vacation. Photo by KaKa.

    Kinkakuji be used gold leaf to decorative the building surface. Japan, Kyoto, summer vacation. Photo by KaKa.

    Stone Buddha, many people donate coins to the Buddha. Japan, Kyoto, summer vacation. Photo by KaKa.

    Stone Buddha, many people donate coins to the Buddha. Japan, Kyoto, summer vacation. Photo by KaKa.

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