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Ginkakuji & Surroundings

Posted on 20 February 2012

Travel Date: 28 October 2010
Location: Eastern part of Kyoto
Ginkakuji Website: http://www.shokoku-ji.jp/g_about.html

That street leading to Ginkakuji

Like everywhere else in Japan (I think), where there’s a popular destination nearby, surely there’s plenty of souvenir stores around that area.

Tsukemono (Japanese pickles) store. Not the biggest fan of pickled stuff but they do look very interesting..

Consider it's a quiet day as it's raining. Mostly are students on field trip

Matcha cream puffs and ice cream for sale

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Chirimen Zaikakukan ちりめん細工館

Chirimen is a traditional Japanese weaving technique and everything in this store is made of chirimen. Basically it’s a shop that made me go screaming “kawaii~” (in heart) all the way. Will write about it in a separate post later. *Edit: post is up @ here!

Hand-crafted vegetables, kawaii desho~

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Usagi no Sakaagari うさぎのさかあがり

A must-go shop for all rabbits / bunnies lovers, selling many adorable bunnies related stuff. The shop name Usagi no Sakaagari means “a rabbit’s sakaagari”. What’s sakaagari then? Uhm, imagine you’re hanging on a horizontal bar doing a reverse-up-in-circle action. I think that’s sakaagari, if it’s still difficult to understand, just refer to what the rabbit’s doing in the photo below. CUTE, right?

Usagi no Sakaagari

Floating bunnies! XD

Bought one of these round bunny handkerchief with tail for cousin's kid

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So what about THE Ginkakuji?

I hear you ask. As Ginkakuji (銀閣寺), the “Temple of the Silver Pavilion” is an extremely popular place to visit in Kyoto therefore I figure I can give it a miss to make a post about it. Since I did not exactly take many good photos of it as well..

Anyways, besides the temple itself, inside the temple ground also holds the most famous (probably) sand garden in Japan, the Ginshadan (sea of silver sand, represents the waves) and Kougetsudai (moon viewing platform, represents Mt. Fuji).

Ginkakuji & Ginshadan

There you go, the Silver Pavilion, Ginkakuji in the rain

It took me awhile to realise “that brown thing” is Ginkakuji, even though for long enough I knew that Ginkakuji is not actually in silver. It looks small and uninteresting, especially when I’ve just been to the huge Nanzenji and Eikando a few hours ago. Nevertheless, still gotta appreciate the calm and subtle beauty of it, plus somewhat a tad of zen-ish feeling when the sky is drizzling..

Owh, do feel free to google for the story of why Silver Pavilion is not silver!

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