Monday, December 28, 2015

Japan sketchbook - 12

Golden Temple
Watercolour, crayon and marker
©2015 Charlene Brown

The day after our Shirikawa visit, we began our journey to Kyoto on a regular train and switched to the famous ‘Bullet’ at Nagoya. Our luggage had been sent ahead (because of the unlikelihood of making the 18-minute, three-level connection in Nagoya if we had it with us) and upon arrival in Kyoto, as soon as we ascertained that all our stuff was in fact at our hotel, we went back across the street to explore the multi-level architectural wonders of the railway station – as if Kyoto, with its 17 UNESCO World Heritage sites didn’t already have plenty for us to see.

The next day, our itinerary included the famous Kinkakuji, the Golden Temple, where we looked first at the iconic view with the reflecting pond, shown here. Then we went right up close – our guide made sure we realized the Golden Temple is covered with squares of gold leaf, not just paint – and all the way around the magnificent temple grounds.  As with the Imperial East Garden on our first day, I loved that the serenity was undisturbed by the dozens of workers quietly maintaining the perfection of everything with hand tools and twig brooms.