Kinkakuji temple golden pavilion kyoto

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The Temple of the Golden Pavilion by Yukio Mishima

 In The Temple of the Golden Pavilion, celebrated Japanese novelist Yukio Mishima creates a haunting and vivid portrait of a young man’s obsession with idealized beauty and his destructive quest to possess it fully.

Mizoguchi, an ostracized stutterer, develops a childhood fascination with Kyoto’s famous Golden Temple. While an acolyte at the temple, he fixates on the structure’s aesthetic perfection and it becomes his one and only object of desire. But as Mizoguchi begins to perceive flaws in the temple, he determines that the only true path to beauty lies in an act of horrendous violence. Based on a real incident that occurred in 1950, The Temple of the Golden Pavilion brilliantly portrays the passions and agonies of a young man in postwar Japan, bringing to the subject the erotic imagination and instinct for the dramatic moment that marked Mishima as one of the towering makers of modern fiction. With an introduction by Donald Keene; Translated from the Japanese by Ivan Morris.

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A Tour of Kinkaku-ji Temple (The Golden Pavilion)

Kinkaku-ji golden temple pavilion. For these reason, we recommend going just after it opens, just after it closes and, if possible on a Monday morning. Whatever you do, avoid the place on holidays, when it will simply be too busy to enjoy.
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Formally known as Rokuonji, the temple was the retirement villa of the shogun Ashikaga Yoshimitsu , and according to his will it became a Zen temple of the Rinzai sect after his death in Kinkakuji was the inspiration for the similarly named Ginkakuji Silver Pavilion , built by Yoshimitsu's grandson, Ashikaga Yoshimasa, on the other side of the city a few decades later. Kinkakuji is an impressive structure built overlooking a large pond, and is the only building left of Yoshimitsu's former retirement complex. It has burned down numerous times throughout its history including twice during the Onin War , a civil war that destroyed much of Kyoto; and once again more recently in when it was set on fire by a fanatic monk. The present structure was rebuilt in Kinkakuji was built to echo the extravagant Kitayama culture that developed in the wealthy aristocratic circles of Kyoto during Yoshimitsu's times. Each floor represents a different style of architecture.

Kinkaku-ji is the most well-known temple in Japan. It is one of the most visited sites in Kyoto, both by international tourists and by the Japanese people. What makes the Golden Pavilion of Kinkaku-ji so special, and why should you consider a visit on your next trip to Japan? Check out this handy travel guide, and learn all you need to know about this golden gem of Kyoto. Its shining surface reflects into the kyoko-chi , or Mirror Pond. Stationed at the foot of Kinugasa Hill, the temple grounds are wooded and present a lovely place for strolling and meditation.

Jump to navigation. Kinkakuji is perhaps the most well-known temple in Japan. The main pavilion is covered in gold leaf and shimmers in front of a pond - kyoko-chi Mirror Pond. Kinkakuji is situated at the foot of Kinugasa Hill and in the north west of Kyoto, a short walk north from Hirano Shrine and Waratenjin Shrine. The current building only dates to with a thicker layer of gold leaf added in

Covered in glittering gold leaf, the pavilion dazzles admirers as it shimmers in the sunlight over its mirroring pond.
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The Golden Pavilion is certainly spectacular especially when gleams against the water. We were lucky that it rained quite heavily before we got there so it scared quite a lot of the crowd away. This temple is also known as the Golden Pavallion.

By using this site, you agree to the use of cookies. See our privacy policy for more information. The image of the temple richly adorned in gold leaf reflects beautifully in the water of Kyokochi, the mirror pond. It is perhaps the most widely-recognized image of Kyoto. Seen reflected in the adjoining "mirror pond" with its small islands of rock and pine, Kinkaku-ji Temple, "The Golden Pavilion," is a breathtaking must-see. The building's first purpose was to serve the retiring Shogun Ashikaga Yoshimitsu as a residence.

On 2 July , at am, the pavilion was burned down by a year-old novice monk, Hayashi Yoken, who then attempted suicide on the Daimon-ji hill behind the building. He survived, and was subsequently taken into custody. The monk was sentenced to seven years in prison, but was released because of mental illnesses persecution complex and schizophrenia on 29 September ; he died of tuberculosis in March A fictionalized version of these events is at the center of Yukio Mishima 's book The Temple of the Golden Pavilion. The present pavilion structure dates from , when it was rebuilt. Additionally, the interior of the building, including the paintings and Yoshimitsu's statue, were also restored.


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