"Sea of Silver Sand", Jisho-ji or Ginkaku-ji, The temple of the Silver Pavilion, Kyoto, Japan

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Comments (11)

▲artwall on October 21, 2008

Hi Rich, again you show very interesting and really nice place. Looking at all your pictures from Japan with great interest. This is an unforgettable experience.




Keno Kawabata on October 21, 2008

Nice composition of the famouse garden. From your photo, it looks to me the pavilion is under the maintenance.


Francisco José Sánch… on October 21, 2008

How beautiful japanese garden!

Richard Ryer on October 21, 2008

Greetings Artwall, Keno and Francisco, Thanks for visiting the Silver Pavilion and the wonderful comments.

Artwall - I am glad you find these travels interesting. After a while you could think one temple looks like another, but the history behind each one is so neat. We had a wonderful time here. Last time I was here it was close to closing time and we were ushered out by a group of monks making hand motions like they were herding ducks. What fun to return.

Keno - Very good eye. We were disappointed to see the Pavilion under restoration. Now I will have to dig through very old slide to see if I can find it uncovered. It is amazing how the sand garden has not changed after all these years.

Francisco - Yes, it is truly beautiful. I do not know how often the monks have to redo the sand, but it must be a very interesting process. It looks like making the perfect cone of the symbolic Mt. Fuji would be the hardest. This is a very special place.

Thanks again to all for visiting. I am glad you liked this sand garden. It is so unusual.



little penguin on October 23, 2008

Greetings, Rich! Very interesting photo with beautiful contrasts. Ciao from Merano, Hermann.

AnnaJolanta 2 on October 25, 2008

Very interesting place! :) Anna

Richard Ryer on October 25, 2008

Greetings Hermann and Anna, Thanks for visiting and commenting. This sand art is so big that I could not get any more than this in the lens due to the vantage point. I don't know how often the sand is redone but it must be very interesting to see how they do it. The pattern is so precise. You can just see the scaffolding covering The Silver Pavilion. If it had been visible the photos of the Sea of Silver Sand would have been very nice. Thanks again for visiting.



©polytropos on December 11, 2008

Very impressive, Richard. One can even see the sand stripes in the Google map!

But what's the story behind? Why they do that? I know the asian mandalas which they do and when finished they destroy, to remember that everything is transient.

Andreas B. OTTE on December 17, 2008

Hi Rich! Very nice place and very nice foto! I knows such type of art! When you walk in such temple plants you can feel the spirit in the deepest of your own body! Greetings Andreas!

su.schle. on June 9, 2009

this is beautiful, such meticulous labor of love. But I guess it can be very therapeutic and meditative going over the sand and pebbles with the rake that they use. Pity though about the restoration work at that moment, but at least it's maintained well. Lovely insight into Japan, best wishes, susan

Richard Ryer on June 9, 2009

Greetings Susan, Thanks for the visit and the wonderful comments. You understand the Japanese mind very well. When we visited the temple back in the 70's they had just finished restoration. It is really a beautiful place equally known for its moss gardens as well as the sand. I am glad you like it. Even though it is called the Silver Pavilion, there is no silver. I think it was called this way because of the light of the moon.



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Photo taken in Ginkakujicho, Sakyo Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 606-8402, Japan

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