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Gravel Garden

Location: Ginkaku-ji, Kyoto, Japan, Map

The gravel gardens always have interesting lines and circles, sometimes around rocks, that force you to think about life, it's cycle of birth and death and other mysteries. Such gardens are everywhere in Japan and carry a deep connection with simplicity and minimalism.

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