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Maruyama Park

Location: Kyoto Japan, Map

Japan is known for it's wonderfully designed gardens that evoke a feeling of calm and serenity. I was on my way to the Kiyomizu-dera temple, but ended up spending time in this park and photographing it's beautiful gardens. There was an ear in Japanese history when garden design was the technology of it's day and that art flourished very well. Japanese gardens are indeed very thoughtfully designed and there is so much emphasis on the placement of rocks, trees and flow of water. Even the sound of water is given careful consideration and is always so subtle as if to refer to the hidden transient things that Japan's culture thinks are beautiful.

I had a wonderful visit to Japan during late summer of 2013 and got to see both it's historic and modern faces. Kyoto was my destination of choice to see old temples and shrines of Japan and I focused on Tokyo to witness it's modern lifestyle. Below are a few images from the trip. I was thoroughly impressed by how well Japan's public transportation worked and how easy it was for me to visit all these places. Being mostly a vegetarian eater, I was a bit concerned about the food at first but was pleasantly surprised by abundant and excellent food choices available. Japan is a country everyone should visit at least once. There is so much to learn from it's culture and day to day life practices of Japanese people such as their approach towards conservation, food and emphasis on being polite. Link to sites I visited

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