Thursday, December 17, 2009
While in Kyoto I went to Shorenin Temple for its illumination. The interior and temple grounds were beautifully illuminated, but my ignorance of my camera's functions prevented me from taking more photos than the ones of the bamboo grove I've uploaded.
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
In Kyoto the color "red" has traditionally been considered showy and in poor taste. McDonald's outlets in the city demonstrate this aesthetic, for the outdoor signs substitute brown where we would expect to find the offending color.
On a recent trip to Kyoto I visited one of its most famous temples, World Heritage site Kiyomizu. The temple was established some 1,200 years ago; the present buildings date to 1633. The site is home not only to the temple but also to a number of Shinto shrines, among which the most important is Jishu (founded the year 701), sacred to Okuninushi, god of love and matchmaking. The photos: (upper left), the main gate; (upper right), a three-storeyed pagoda; (lower left), the main hall; (lower right), the aforementioned pagoda, as well as another of the temple complex's halls.
Tuesday, December 08, 2009
exhorts the Japanese not to create a society in which companies replace full-time employees through out-sourcing or with part-time hires.