Thursday, August 28, 2014

Sanzen-in Temple Ohara, Kyoto, Japan

Sanzen-in Temple in Ohara was such a spectacular place to visit. It is a Tendai Sect founded by Saicho who brought Tendai to Japan in 804. It is a Mozeki Temple which means the founder is also from the royal family. This is a fantastic place if you get the chance to take the bus to Ohara. Yes you only have the bus to take from Kyoto and then there is the approach up to the temple of shops and restaurants. 
The temple has a lot of little faces that smile at you from the moss...

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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Wonders of Nanzen-ji

Nanzen-ji Temple complex is really amazing. Lots of people grove to it and love seeing the gardens and the aqueduct. Original post here. I didn't see nearly as much as I saw the first time and it is worth spending the time there! 

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Thursday, August 14, 2014

Todai-ji Temple's Daibutsudden and The Great Daibutsu in Nara

Todai-ji is one of those spectacularly large structures that you can see. Meaning the Eastern Great Temple, it is located in Nara Japan where the old capitol resided before moving to Kyoto. This is the Great Buddha Hall (Daibutsuden) where it houses the worlds largest bronze Buddha statue (Vairocana) known in Japan as Daibutsu. The temple is the home of Kegon school of Buddhism and it has been rebuilt a few times and is actually smaller then the original! The now standing building was built in 1709 and 30% smaller then the last. 
Up till 1998 it was the largest wooden building in the world.

It is massive when you fist see it!

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Thursday, August 7, 2014

Tenjuan Temple - Kyoto, Japan

Tenjuan Temple is a sub-temple that is with Nanzen-ji and right next door. It was founded in 1336 by a guy named Kokanshiren who was the chief priest of Nanzen-ji at the time in honor of Nanzen-ji. It has two lovely gardens one dry and one pond.
The colors make it a famous one to view as well, plenty of people were there...

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Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Gio-ji Temple Arashiyama, Kyoto

Gio-ji is a really small temple area and was a Shingon Buddhist nunnery. There is a single building which is small with a thatched roof and an amazing moss garden but yet small. The history of this little building is that it was part of the Ojo-in Temple founded by Ryochin (disciple of Honen) and over time the temple became in disrepair and fallen that the only thing left was this little building. In 1868 it was abandoned to only have Daikaku-ji take over and a ex-governor of Kyoto in 1895 donated a building from his villa to Gio-ji which is now the present building. This temple is 500 Yen but if you are going to Daikaku-ji pay 600 Yen for both!

I am all about moss and this was great, small but immense satisfaction came from viewing it...

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Thursday, July 31, 2014

Philosopher's path in the Autumn

My first trip to Japan one of my favorite days was when I walked along the Philosophers path going to Ginkakuji and Nanzenji and other smaller temples. Was amazing and if was quite beautiful in the fall time as well. I visited all those temples that day too! Here was the original post that has some background information of this amazing path. 
Lots of color but there was still some trees that were holding out!

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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Ōi River in Arashiyama, Kyoto, Japan

The Oi River is on the western side of Kyoto and most people visit it probably at Arashiyama at its picturesque bridge. It travels out of the Southern Japanese Alps and thought the Oi valley. I hope you get to go out there some time!

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Sunday, July 20, 2014

Chimney Tops in Great Smoky Mountains

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Chimney Tops trail is a popular trail as it offers a 360 view. It is a great view on top but it comes with quite a bit of work. The trail it's self is 3.8 miles long and 1487 feet gain in elevation. The first half is steady up but the last half is quite steep and was rough. You wont regret it as the scenery on the trail going up is nice. Enjoy the photo's.

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