December 22, 2017

Snowed Golden Pavilion

Rokuon-ji Temple, Kita-ku, Kyōto, Dec 22, 2005
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From Kinkaku-ji (金閣寺, Golden Pavilion Temple) is a Zen temple in northern Kyoto whose top two floors are completely covered in gold leaf. Formally known as Rokuon-ji (鹿苑寺), the temple was the retirement villa of the shogun Ashikaga Yoshimitsu (室町幕府第3代将軍足利義満), and according to his will it became a Zen temple of the Rinzai sect (臨済宗) after his death in 1408. Kinkaku-ji was the inspiration for the similarly named Ginkaku-ji (銀閣寺, Silver Pavilion), built by Yoshimitsu's grandson, Ashikaga Yoshimasa (足利義政), on the other side of the city a few decades later. (Read more...)

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