Golden Pavillion- Kyoto

In northern Kyoto there’s a Zen temple known as Kinkakuji the Golden Pavillion, whose two top floors are covered entirely in gold leaf. Formerly known as Rokuonji the retirement villa of the shogun Ashikaga Yoshimitsu, and is the only structure left of Yoshimitsu’s complex after burning several times throughout history. This impressive structure overlooks a picturesque pond with beautifully lined trees….. enjoy!

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Destination: Japan


Team members began pre-holiday celebrations by taking a quick trip to Japan, yes you read that correctly, they were off to the Orient to relish in the natural landscapes and street scenes of Kobe, Osaka, and Tokyo before settling into the surreal season of giving with family and friends. I was immediately drawn to the evening street scenes, as there is something magical about being out at night, where the nonsensical and disjointed come together for absolute FUN!!!

Images of Tokyo Skytree Town taken from the observation tower in Sumida, Japan. Tokyo Skytree resembles a five story pagoda and is a the tallest structure in Japan. It is the second tallest structure in the world after the Burj Khalifa in Dubai.


Tennōji-ku, Osaka has a sprawl of skyscrapers with a 6th century Shitennoji Temple centered around green spaces. But, this area of Horikoshicho is a retro-style, neon-lit entertainment zone where late-night crowds hit pubs and snack bars.

This age old custom of traditional dress to attend the temple for evening prayer is striking, but seeing these young ladies with their 21st century cell phones definitely adds to their charm.

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