26.11.12

In which we came to be at the Silver Pavilion at sundown...


While in Kyoto, we chose to overlook the ostentatious Kinkakuji in favour of the sublime and in my opinion evermore harmonious Ginkakuji. We reached the temple grounds at sunset when the buildings were gathering shadows about themselves and cavorting with the remains of sunlight.













Ginkakuji was originally built as a palace around 1482 and it came to serve as a temple in 1490. The building's dark exterior was once covered in black lacquer and I can only imagine how magnificent this would have looked by sunset or indeed moonlight. 

Having survived many earthquakes and fires,the main buildings sit stoically silent in their dark-wood splendour and I felt immediately at ease here. There is something about Ginkakuji that strikes at the heart of the elusive meaning of "wabi-sabi" and my own personal aesthetic of beauty which makes this my favourite temple in Kyoto.

Photos taken by Hiro and I using a Canon DSLR and an iPhone.

9 comments:

  1. Your use of language is as beautiful as the images you have given us. I want ti visit this place now too. Xxxx

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    1. I think you would LOVE Japan Dvora xx

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  2. It is so amazing how all these temples are made without a single nail. Only Japanese people are able to do something like this. Anyway, great pics.
    Sandra

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    1. That is so true Sandra. It is a marvel!!

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    1. Thank you my dear! It's nice to hear from you again xx

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  4. How beautiful. Although I never understood it as a child, I'm slowly beginning to appreciate the beauty of wabi-sabi.

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    1. Hello Sakura.
      I don't think I got it as a child either though strangely, growing up in Africa. This wabi-sabi-ness seemed to be around me a whole lot. The mix of Africa and Japan in this way really goes well. I am not sure if I am making sense :)

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  5. Absolutely stunning. Perfectly wabi-sabi. I'd love to visit here some day, it may very well be my favorite temple, too. Thanks for sharing your pictures here.

    Claire

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