Ginkaku-ji seen from the observation point in the garden
Ginkaku-ji (Silver Pavilion Temple), a Zen Buddhist temple along Kyoto's eastern mountains (Higashiyama), was constructed in 1482 as a retreat villa for the Shogun with artistic inclinations and then converted to a temple after his death. It exemplifies wabi-sabi (world view centered on the acceptance of transience and imperfection) elegance.
From up here one can see the dry sand garden, known as the "Sea of Silver Sand", the Silver Pavilion, and the city beyond.
Kyoto, Japan. 2012