These are two color variations of the Tree outside of Kinkaku-Ji. I kind of got to a point while editing them where i wasn’t really entirely happy with either and couldn’t figure out what to do to make them better. I’ll probably go back later in time to take a look but right now i’m just trying to get as much experience from different photos to find my style.

One of the most awesome things about samurai tours was that we could use the public transportation to get around, which would allow me to get comfortable traveling on my own. That being said i’m not sure i ever took a bus on my own after but the point is i knew how! The trick was you pay when getting off and also you get off at the front of the bus. Although as a group we did not know this the first time and we got off in the middle and confused the conductor but Tammy was nice and explained things with the driver and we did it perfect after that.

When we arrived at Kinkaku-Ji we got our tickets and passed by some guards in the brightest blue uniforms. I’m talking a blue i didn’t know could exist on a printed material. I’ll hopefully post a photo in the future of this. Tammy explained a little bit of the history of Kinkaku-Ji and took us to a amazing photo spot. It is here where the words of my mother appeared into my head “remember to get someone to take a picture of yourself.” Looking at my 2ti i realized it wasn’t the easiest cameras to hand to someone to take a photo, that being said i did my best to set up the setting and took a reference photo usually of how i wanted the composition and was fortunate to have the other people on the group take some photos for me and looking back i’m glad my mom said that or else i would probably have almost none of myself.

Kinkaku-Ji is a golden-leaf covered building on a lake and is known for how reflective it was on the water. I’ve posted a photo earlier of the temple part. Above is a photo of a tree that has been shaped over the many generations to look like a tree. Story has it that it originally started as a bonsai tree and just grew into a full size tree. The boat is pointed toward Kinkaku-Ji which has a phoenix (a sign of rebirth which could be in any sense, not just physical) on top and it’s to represent the ship sailing toward heaven, or at least the Japanese concept of heaven.

Following around Kinkaku-Ji there is a trail that leads up a hill where there is a stone chair which someone of importance (i can’t remember who, possibly a shogun) would sit in and now visitors would sit in it, but only for about 3 seconds, any more would be disgraceful to the old owner. This was not enforced at all, but you would see everyone sit down for just a split second and get back up immediately. Of course i had to try and can only conclude that 3 seconds is not enough time to decide how relaxing it would be to sit there and overlook Kinkaku-Ji.

Down around the path there were some shops and some fortune machines. Japan is big on these fortunes. They are everywhere. I shelled out 100 yen (about $1.25) for one with another member of the group. I figured hey, if i only go to Japan once i might as well try as much as i can. Hopefully I’ll be able to find the fortune somewhere but it was a good fortune, but told me it was not the time for traveling. And that’s another thing with the fortune, their were about 10-15 long fortunes on it. Fortunes for health, business, travel, you name it.

We walked out of Kinkaku-Ji and headed for lunch.

Kinkaku-Ji Tree / Kinkaku-Ji Trip

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