Kyoto in the rain
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March 19th, 2008 – by: portia
The Golden Pavilion we saw was rebuilt after a file in 1950, still it was covered in gold leaf and topped by a bronze phoenix. There was a pond in front of as we approached and it was very pretty of course. I found it rather funny that so many tourists were visiting in the rain and trying to take photos of it despite the rain.
The complex where the pavilion became a temple after the death of the shogun who built it back in the 14th century, Yoshimitsu was the third Ashikaga shogun and a follower of the Zen priest Soseki. There were several smaller temples in the complex and the garden was nice. But since it was raining, we did not spend as much time there as we would have liked.
We next took the bus back to the subway and got to our next destination, Nijo Castle. This castle was famous for its ornate interiors, paintings on the screens and the nightingale floors. The floors were designed to make a bird-like squeaking sound when walked on, so the inhabitants would be warned if any intruders approached.
After touring the castle, which was all on one floor, and the wood floors were all along the outside perimeter of the building, we ended back in the garden, and even walked on top of a wall inside the compound for an overview. By this time our shoes were getting wet enough and we decided to call it a short day and headed back to the hotel.
Once in the Kyoto train station, we found some renewed energy to explore the other end of the station which we had not been to.
We rested for the afternoon, and again ventured to this side of the train station where there were MANY restaurants on the 11th floor. We had dinner in one of them, they were all very busy and had lines (actually seats) outside for waiting customers. Dinner was again good. After dinner we decided to find the way up the skyway, it was a good thing we tried. This could be a tourist attraction in its own right. High above the interior of the train station, a long skyway with windows on both the south into the station, and north into Kyoto. Japanese woodcuts were being exhibited along the long skyway. This was a fantastic conclusion of our last day in Japan. Tomorrow we would head back to Tokyo and then Kevin heads home while I continued to Taiwan.
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