Trip Taken: 2007
After my lunch outside the grounds of Tenryu-ji, I decided to walk to the bamboo forest right next to the temple. It’s pretty impressive to be surrounded by tall, tall bamboo all around. One really interesting person that I met on the walking path in the forest was this Japanese artist. He was painting landscapes in the style of famed artist Georges Seurat. I would buy one of his paintings if I could. They were beautifully done and looked like it was painstaking to make. I wished I could find his business card that he gave me. One day I will buy one of his paintings. In the meantime, I bought a postcard.
Ginkaku-ji: The Silver Pavilion
Heading out from the outskirts back to the heart of Kyoto is definitely like entering a big city. I was heading for the spiritual twin to the golden temple, the silver pavilion. Unlike Kinkaku-ji, the caretaker in charge of this temple couldn’t realize his dream of covering the outside of this temple with silver foil. That’s too bad because it probably would been a cool duality. Again the grounds are manicured as meticulously as a zen garden should be. This was my last stop for the day so I meandered through the grounds until I was ushered out by a hurried groundskeeper.