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INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL

KYOTO, JAPAN: Day 5 – February 16, 2015




 
Published on: September 20, 2017
 
 

Garden of Fine Arts

 
Again, a Japan trip for an architect is not complete without a Tadao Ando-architecture visit.
 
For our today’s first stop, we went to Garden of Fine Arts in Kyoto.
 

Massive bare concrete walls

 
Garden of Fine Arts Museum is an open-air fine arts museum that houses reproduced famous masterpieces on beautiful porcelain panels.
 

Tadao Ando

 
The structure has massive elements with overlapping beams and bridges that gives depth to the spaces. As a Tadao Ando trademark, he fully utilised the natural lighting and matched it with bare concrete finish. He also added water features and glass railings to soften up the structure’s ambience.
 
It was strategically located below ground level to preserve the view of the nearby Botanical Garden.
 

Kyoto Garden Waterfalls

 

Massive bare concrete walls

 

Tadao Ando

 

The Last Judgement

A porcelain reproduced of “The Last Judgement” by Michelangelo. Me for scale

 

Bare concrete Finish

 

Bare concrete Finish

 

The Last Supper

A porcelain reproduced of “The Last Supper” by Leonardo da Vinci

 

After our trip, we had our lunch in an okonomi-yaki place where the staff let us cook our own okonomiyaki–a Japanese pancake with a variety of ingredients. It is a must try when visiting Japan. Too bad, I forgot the name of the place where we ate. Anyway, you can find Okonomiyaki restaurant/stalls almost everywhere.
 

Okonomiyaki

 

Okonomiyaki

 

Okonomiyaki

 
 

Kinkakuji (Golden Pavilion)

 
From Kyoto Station, we took a bus and it took us around 30 to 40 minutes to reach the Golden Pavilion.
 

People Walking

 

People Walking at entrance

Entrance

 
Kinkakuji is a Zen Temple located in Kyoto, Kita Ward, Kinkakujicho formerly known as Rokuonji—a retirement villa of Ashikaga Yoshimitsu. The Golden Pavilion is one of the most iconic temples in Kyoto.

 
You have to prepare ¥400 per person for the admission fee.
 

Golden Pavilion Ticket

Golden Pavilion Ticket

 

Japan Structure

 
Each floor incorporates different styles of architecture: 1st floor known as The Chamber of Dharma Waters in Shinden-zukuri style – which has a symmetrical elements and undeveloped spaces—designed to have open spaces adjacent to verandas and uses all natural materials to make it blend with its environment. 2nd Floor known as The Tower of Sound Waves is in Buke-zukuri style—which style of houses built for military families—which also houses a Buddha Hall and a shrine dedicated to Kannon (Goddes of Mercy). 3rd Floor known as Cupola of the Ultimate is in Zenshū-butsuden-zukuri or simply as Zen where it depicts more religious atmosphere.
 

Golden Pavilion Japan

The Golden Pavilion
 
 

Golden Pavilion Ticket

 

The Golden Pavilion is much remembered with its gold leaf plating covering both 2nd and 3rd floors’ exterior walls and topped with a Phoenix.
 
The trees, the lake and all the natural elements in the surrounding complete the picturesque view of the the majestic Golden Pavilion.
 

Golden plated Cladding with Pheonix

 

Geisha

Tourist wearing Kimono walking around
 

Arashiyama Bamboo Grove

 
We reached Arashiyama bamboo grove nearing sunset, we weren’t able to stay longer since it starting to get dark. But a short walk around felt like we were in a different side of Japan. The vast expanse of greeneries is too serene and definitely not to miss out.

 

Japan Bamboo Grove

 

Japan Bamboo Grove

 

Japan Bamboo Grove

 
 
Some other places we get to pass by around Arashiyama District on our way back to our apartment.
 

Japanese Street Food

Some Japanese street food we ate outside the Arashiyama Bamboo Grove
 

Arashiyama District River

Arashiyama District River
 

Arashiyama District River

 

Arashiyama District River

Commercial Strip in Arashiyama District
 

Photos taken: February 2015

 

Read: OSAKA, JAPAN: Day 4 – February 15, 2015

 
 
 
 
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