Abstract and Nature , Ginkakuji temple in Kyoto!

Abstract and Nature , Ginkakuji temple in Kyoto!

Ginkakuji temple in Kyoto

Hi I’m Nobu, I like traveling overseas and in Japan, visited 25 countries!

I’m a National Government Licensed Guide Interpreter of English for 8 years.

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I visited Ginkakuji Temple.( Silver Pavilion)


Ginkakuji is a temple of the Rinzai sect of Zen Buddhism, founded in 1490.

It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

It is called Ginkakuji (Silver Pavilion) as opposed to Kinkakuji (Golden Pavilion).

It is said to have been covered with silver or lacquer in the past, but it is not certain.

Thrifty wife

Shogun’s wife TOMIKO HINO

As an urban rumor it is also said that even the Shogun’s wife was a wealthy woman, but she did not provide any funds for the temple at all.

Now and then, thrifty wives are not interesting.

Then it has a rustic, wood-faced appearance, it has a uniquely Japanese wabi-sabi ( rustic and aged) feel to it.

Japanese garden

What I like is the Japanese garden.

It is said that Shogun Ashikaga Yoshimasa was particular about its creation.

Abstract formations

When you step into the garden, you will be amazed by a wide table-like sea formation called a silver sand terrace.

It is said to have been modeled after the West Lake in China.

But it is 40-50 cm high for a lake.

Also, the Mt. Fuji-like heap called “Kogetsudai” is about 1 meter high.

It seems to have been created to shine under a moonlit night.

In any case, the contrast between this abstract creations and the dense natural foliage in the background is striking.

Basin in Ginkakuji temple

I think this is a typical example of the traditional Japanese aesthetic of abstraction and figuration.

Would you like to experience this sense of beauty?

I’m Nobu, one heart enjoy together!!!

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