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Glimpses of Kyoto

Print edition : September 20, 2013

The Sanmon shrine in the Myoshinji complex in Kyoto.

A screen in a monastery.

Raked gravel in the Shunkoin temple courtyard, Kyoto. For the abbot of the temple, raking gravel is an integral part of his daily worship.

A typical Japanese garden in Kyoto.

The Shunkoin temple in the Myoshinji complex.

The Ryoanji temple’s rock garden. It is believed that the garden’s structure is designed to appeal to viewers’ visual sensitivity to axial symmetry.

Library of Buddhist manuscripts in the Shunkoin monastery.

A talisman to ward off evil, Kyoto.

The Kinkakuji temple. It is perhaps the most visited shrine in Kyoto.

Nio protector at the gate of the Todaiji temple in Nara.

Deer in the courtyard of the Todaiji temple in Nara. The deer is considered sacred in this town.

The garden seems to occupy such centrality in Japanese lives that even the tiniest of houses is overflowing with flowering pots and creepers. Here, potted plants in Kyoto.

The Todaiji temple. It is said to be the oldest wooden structure in the world.

A roadside shrine in Nara.

The entrance to the Kasuga-Taishu Shinto shrine, which is on top of a small hillock in Nara.

The red wooden Kasuga-Taishu shrine is tastefully decorated and embellished with even more lanterns, of brass.

Stone lanterns on the winding path to the Kasuga-Taishu shrine.

Schoolgirls in the traditional kimono in Nara.

Kofukuji temple, Nara.

The spire on the roof of the Kofukuji temple in Nara.

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