Sunday, 4 November 2012

Green With Envy, Saiho-ji

Every garden in Kyoto seems to have a popular nickname based on a key characteristic. Where was the chocolate temple? Saiho-ji is all about the moss. It's a bit of an ordeal visiting the temple: getting expensive tickets ahead of time, attending a Zen service and then copying a sutra section as a prayer. You gotta work to see the green stuff.

The unassuming complex, no hint of the flora grandeur that awaits. A closeup look at the star of the place, mighty mottled moss.

Step back a bit, wander around and take in the beauty of a landscape with a floor of endless moss.

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