Monday, May 31, 2010

Japan 19

  This Golden Pavilion is covered in gold leaf and is one of the most popular spots in Japan. It was originally built in 1397 and was badly damaged by fire in 1955. It is the one of the main buildings of a Zen Buddhist Temple.  Any trip to Kyoto is incomplete with a visit to this beautiful place.  This area looks just as it did over 700 years ago.



Ginza, a very popular area of Tokyo, is know as one of the most exclusive and luxurious shopping areas in the world. Many famous stores and restaurants are located here.  The property in this area is some of the most expensive in the world.

19 comments:

Εscape said...

Beautiful pictures.
I like it very much.

faye said...

I would definitely visit that
Gold Pavilion.

Reading Rachel said...

I've always wanted to visit Japan. Your photos of it always reinforce that goal. It's so beautiful.

Naturedigital said...

Patrick, I d rather visit that beautiful place shown on your first photograph, than the most expensive area of the world shown on the second.
The beauty of nature cannot be matched by anything man made.
Costas

RA said...

The Golden Pavilion is superb. And the surroundings, even the weather seem so... serene. But then, that's the Japanese for you, eh?
I am so dying to go there... :)

Pat Tillett said...

Escape - thanks!

Rachel - They make me want to go back soon, maybe in the fall...

Costas - I agree! Although, the Ginza area is very interesting.

RawknRobynsGoneBlogWild said...

It's amazing that they could preserve the Palace area for over 700 years. You'd never find anything like that anywhere in the US, not even after, say, 7 years.
Cheers,
Robyn

sarahjayne smythe said...

Gorgeous pictures. They really make me want to take a trip there.

Ms. Anthropy said...

Absolute WOW to the first one!

Chuck said...

The first shot looks like a freakin post card and so cool...the B&W shot is awesome. I must visit Japan someday.

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Sarah said...

The Japan scenery is really beautiful and interesting and I'm never tired of watching the pics..I never thought I'd enjoy them so much!:)

Cheeseboy said...

Very nice.

The Retired One said...

Built in 1397! Hard for me to comprehend...the history it has seen...it is an amazing photo and an amazing place.

DrSoosie said...

Gosh..after viewing your photos maybe I don't have to visit there after all. I am getting such a great tour from you! Of course I know there is nothing like being there yourself but I am so enjoying seeing Japan from your perspective.

Kimberly said...

You AMAZE me! :)

Pat Tillett said...

Robyn - maybe 7 years...They have some much older than that even!

Sarah - If you have the chance, jump on it!

Ms A - I'm gonna do an expanded post on the the golden pavilion and it's gardens very soon. Even the gardens haven't really changed in hundreds of years. they're amazing...

Chuck - Yep, that's where I got it! LOL...About 5 minutes ago, we were talking about going again in the fall.

Sarah - There is no place like it on earth... And what makes it really nice, is that they like us!

Cheeseboy - Thanks!

Joan - I know! It's hard to wrap your mind around it...

DrSoosie - You still need to go!

Kimberly - why thank you my friend!

Ms. Anthropy said...

Goody! Can't wait for the expanded post!

Biana said...

what a beautiful view on the first photo

ASBLACKASOBAMA said...

It blows my mind to think about buildings constructed in 1397 that are still standing....

When I moved to the OC 15 years ago, the oldest building within 15 miles in any direction was 50 years old....