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JAPAN [five]: THE GOLDEN TEMPLE & GARDEN…

 As first-time visitors we were following guidance of those before,  including our friend Terry, who first visited & lived in Japan during his college years… he is known for his cultivation of a large Japanese garden near Seattle for many years & now is known on our Vashon Island for his  garden & water-feature design with very sensitive rock work… quite wonderful! He recommended the palace & temple gardens of Kyoto as essential destinations. They are, of course, well known… thus…

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JAPAN [four]: TEMPLE GARDENS…

In this reality the sacred is close… inviting, yet.. elusive. One feels invitation… permission to taste & sample. Heaven seems to exist first in life on this earth… reality as abstract gardens. While I can claim no real knowledge about theology or religion in Japan, architecturally at least, they present themselves quite often at street level. Never so grandiose as European cathedrals, they seem to support everyday life in their presence… or to offer a deep sense of remove behind gated…

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SPEAKING OF PLATES & BOWLS…

Searching for places to eat was half the fun… sometimes hinting at what is served behind the typical curtains. After all those garden tours we were predictably hungry. I’ve made some mention that the food was remarkable, so, as would be expected we made a full cart of food porn. We enjoyed some fancy fine dining yet there were also so many noteworthy casual meals… like this one offered near the palaces… simply satisfying.

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JAPAN [two] – KYOTO…

KYOTO: The Ancient Imperial Court’s city… The second city we wanted to visit was the ancient seat of the imperial court… which moved to Tokyo a century ago, leaving Kyoto to maintain respect for deeper history… ‘Seems a map might be useful to show the three major destinations on our travel.. As I wrote in the previous post, we landed at Narita [just east of Tokyo] for the first night, then on for 3 days in that city. Now the narrative…

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