November 4, 2007

Arched Ascent


At Nanzen-ji, nestled at the foot of the eastern hills of Kyoto, there is an aquaduct. It arches across the temple grounds near the large and impressive Sanmon gate like a dragon. It must be approached and crossed to visit some of the gardens secluded like treasures at the subtemples within.

But it is a gentle dragon. Many people climb among its arches, playing, shooting photos or resting in its shade. Beneath one arch is a small waterfall and a stairway that leads up to the garden of Nanzenin. That is the scene captured in this picture.

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