After several days of intermittent rain that I used as an excuse to stay put, I was more than ready to hit the garden/temple trail again once things dried out. There are so many amazing places here that I haven.t yet seen. All it takes is a short bit of research to pick a new place to explore. Each place somehow manages to be unique.
This will be a simple blog. I took lots of photos , so I’m going to let them do the work of conveying the beauty of these ancient retreats. Come on along.
I stayed in a relatively small area of the small sub temples that are a part of the mother temple, Nanzen-ji. There are few crowds here. We’re taking our sweet time. Inhale deeply.
Nature is enjoying its last fling before it succumbs to winter dormancy and the need to rest. There are signs that the party is coming to a slow end, but now, as it prepares for its final awe- inspiring, forget-me-not display, it is still lush, vibrant and energetic.
I still have difficulty imagining a culture giving such importance to its gardens. Many of these gardens began life making the aristocrats happy and I suppose proud in their beautiful villas. Now we all have access. It is easy to see the importance of nature in the culture. These sites are now protected and cherished. I tend to forget they’re a part of Kyoto when I’m in the crowded center of the city that accommodates businesses and residences and not that much open space. But when you want a quick time trip, just head for the periphery of town, close to the rising mountains.
Much of the rock symbolism is lost on me, but it’s ok because I don’t relate to the ancient stories and myths behind the symbols. If you want or need to go deeper, there’s plenty of written material to explain it.