A Different Angle on Kinkaku-ji
Here's a photo of Kinkaku-ji (Temple of the Golden Pavilion) from my archives, there are at least two more in my archives that I wish to publish to this BLOG at a later date. I almost went to Kinkaku-ji last Monday, when I went to Ginkaku-ji (Temple of the Silver Pavilion). After Ginkaku-ji I caught the bus to Kitano Temangu shrine to check on the "ume" (plum blossoms) there. Kinkaku-ji is not so far away from Kitano Temnagu, so I thought about it, but I decided to go to Arashiyama via the Keifuku light rail instead. Last Monday was my first full day with no classes to teach that I'd had for a good while, so I played tourist and got a few good photos.
This photo was taken back in February of 2010 on a fairly sunny, but cold morning. At the time I was playing tour guide for a couple friends who were staying with us for a week. The good point about going there on a cold morning, was that it wasn't so crowded as it normally is. I recall that day we got talking to the friendly "obasan" (lit. "aunty", a polite way of addressing middle-aged ladies) running the ice cream shop outside Kinkaku-ji. It doesn't matter how cold it is, I still love eating ice cream, especially the "Matcha" (the Local Green Tea) flavoured soft serve in Kyoto.
The quickest way to get to Kinkaku-ji via public transport from downtown Kyoto or Osaka is to catch the 205 bus from outside Hankyu's Saiin Station. You can get the same bus from outside Keifuku's Kitano-Hakubaicho Station, if you're coming from Arashiyama or Ryoan-ji.
I captured this photo with a Casio EX-850 camera. This photo has not been post processed.