DSC_0408One marvelous thing about experiencing Kinkaku-ji, and many of the other sights and shrines throughout Kyoto, was that there were many distinct moments, such as the one I took above, free of people, free of crowds, free of the claustrophobic crush that I’ve come to know so well in China.

Even at this popular destination, swarmed by Japanese schoolkids and their guides and other visitors, I could easily find isolated views, serene panoramas.  Such a breath of fresh air.  Space and pause in which to reflect and admire, to stand in awe.