Dazaifu Slideshow

I’m back in Los Angeles. I flew in yesterday on a remarkably easy flight given that it was the weekend before Christmas.

I found some photographs from my trip (with Lowie) to Dazaifu, and I’ve uploaded them to Flickr. There’s a short slideshow – take a look. The pictures from Komyozenji, a zen temple, are especially beautiful, I think. The mediation hall had that hushed feeling of sacredness, and the fall colors in the garden were just amazing. It was crowded too. Everyone and their uncle was there with a camera, but somehow it didn’t intrude too much onto the peacefulness of the place.

I hardly took any pictures of Tenman-gu, a shinto shrine dedicated to Tenjin, the kami of scholarship. Even though the grounds were much larger and more “impressive”, it didn’t strike me in the same way that Komyozenji did.

Later in the day, we went to the Kyushu National Museum. What a fantastic piece of architecture that was. Very modern, but also incorporating traditional Japanese materials and styling. A wonderful combination of old and new. And the museum itself is very well done with some interesting exhibits on history in Asia.

A small sample from the slideshow:

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~ by Samer on December 25, 2007.

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