• 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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  • Rabbit Lapinpin August 26, 2009 2 Comments
    2009
    Aug
    26

    In different places, the sun appears to be different…high, or lean, or obscured
    KaKa likes the sunshine of  southern France, it is very high and strong.
    Lapinpin enjoy stay in the shadow and constantly sniffing.
    Lapinpin feel herself is already an adult rabbit, so she want to help KaKa to do some thing such as housekeeping…
    Little rabbit want to help KaKa watching the blue blanket.

    For little rabbit Lapinpin, this is a hot summer.  France, Marseille, Summer Vacation. Photo by KaKa

    For little rabbit Lapinpin, this is a hot summer. France, Marseille, Summer Vacation. Photo by KaKa

    Lapinpin like KaKa's blanket. France, Marseille, Summer Vacation. Photo by KaKa

    Lapinpin like KaKa's blanket. France, Marseille, Summer Vacation. Photo by KaKa

    Lapinpin like KaKa's blanket. France, Marseille, Summer Vacation. Photo by KaKa

    Lapinpin like KaKa's blanket. France, Marseille, Summer Vacation. Photo by KaKa

    Lapinpin like KaKa's blanket. France, Marseille, Summer Vacation. Photo by KaKa

    Lapinpin like KaKa's blanket. France, Marseille, Summer Vacation. Photo by KaKa

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  • 2009
    Aug
    23

    KaKa like Japanese food very much.
    Japanese meals usually include many types of food in one meal, this is very healthy and delicious.
    Japanese food is more light than the Chinese food, not a lot of cooking oil inside.
    Pulled noodle, sahshimi, tempura, Japanese hot pot…KaKa like most of the Japanese food.

    Japanese set lunch at Nara Park Todaiji Temple. Japan, Nara, Photo by KaKa.

    Japanese set lunch at Nara Park Todaiji Temple. Japan, Nara, Photo by KaKa.

    Japanese hot pot set lunch at Nara Park Todaiji Temple. Japan, Nara, Photo by KaKa.

    Japanese hot pot set lunch at Nara Park Todaiji Temple. Japan, Nara, Photo by KaKa.

    Japanese hot pot set lunch at Lake Kawaguchi. Japan, Mount Fuji, Photo by KaKa.

    Japanese hot pot set lunch at Lake Kawaguchi. Japan, Mount Fuji, Photo by KaKa.

    Japanese tempura set lunch at Lake Kawaguchi. Japan, Mount Fuji, Photo by KaKa.

    Japanese tempura set lunch at Lake Kawaguchi. Japan, Mount Fuji, Photo by KaKa.

    Japanese pickles set supper at Lake Kawaguchi. Japan, Mount Fuji, Photo by KaKa.

    Japanese pickles set supper at Lake Kawaguchi. Japan, Mount Fuji, Photo by KaKa.

    Japanese pickles set supper at Lake Kawaguchi. Japan, Mount Fuji, Photo by KaKa.

    Japanese pickles set supper at Lake Kawaguchi. Japan, Mount Fuji, Photo by KaKa.

    Japanese pickles set supper at Lake Kawaguchi. Japan, Mount Fuji, Photo by KaKa.

    Japanese pickles set supper at Lake Kawaguchi. Japan, Mount Fuji, Photo by KaKa.

    Japanese sahshimi set supper at Lake Kawaguchi. Japan, Mount Fuji, Photo by KaKa.

    Japanese sahshimi set supper at Lake Kawaguchi. Japan, Mount Fuji, Photo by KaKa.

    Japanese steamed egg set supper at Lake Kawaguchi. Japan, Mount Fuji, Photo by KaKa.

    Japanese steamed egg set supper at Lake Kawaguchi. Japan, Mount Fuji, Photo by KaKa.

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  • 2009
    Aug
    22

    The night view of Osaka Bay, from the World Trade Center Osaka 48 floor. Osaka is a city in Japan, located at the mouth of the Yodo River on Osaka Bay, in the Kansai region of the main island of Honshū.

    Osaka is a designated city under the Local Autonomy Law and the capital city of Osaka Prefecture. Osaka has historically been the commercial capital of Japan, and is at the heart of Japan’s second largest metropolitan area of Keihanshin (Osaka-Kobe-Kyoto), whose population is 18,643,915.

    The ratio between daytime and nighttime population is 141%, the highest in Japan, highlighting its status as an economic center. Its nighttime population is 2.6 million, the third in the country, but in daytime the population surges to 3.7 million, second only after Tokyo.

    The night view of Osaka bay, from the Osaka World Trade Center 48 floor. Japan, Osaka, Photo by KaKa.

    The night view of Osaka bay, from the Osaka World Trade Center 48 floor. Japan, Osaka, Photo by KaKa. (Click image to view big size)

    The night view of Osaka bay, from the Osaka World Trade Center 48 floor. Japan, Osaka, Photo by KaKa.

    The night view of Osaka bay, from the Osaka World Trade Center 48 floor. Japan, Osaka, Photo by KaKa. (Click image to view big size)

     

    For a good selection of places to stay with discount prices visit Osaka Hotels for more information.

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