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Trio: Three Wise Monkeys in Nikko Toshogu Shrine in Tochigi, Japan

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Trio

When I saw the word “Trio,” this renowned relief of three wise monkeys – mizaru, kikazaru, iwazaru (see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil) in Nikko Toshogu Shrine, the most decorative shrine in Japan with tremendous amount of carvings, came to mind. Until recently, I believed this saying and image were unique to Japan and didn’t know that its stories and artworks existed in many places all over the world.

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Do they differ from the three monkeys in your country?

Ornate: Kinkaku-ji (Temple of the Golden Pavilion), Kyoto

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Ornate.”

The most ornate temple in Japan, Kinkaku-ji, where most of the Japanese visit once in a life time.

I visited this temple this May with my husband. For him, it was the first visit. Mine was a school trip, long time ago. As a kid, I didn’t realize this huge pine tree in the form of ship, planted about 600 years ago. It was planted as a bonsai tree treasured by Ashikaga Yoshimitsu, who built this temple.

… While walking in the garden of Kinkaku-ji, we heard a Japanese telling a Western guy, “There is another temple called Ginkaku-ji (literally, Silver Temple) but it’s not worth visiting.”

Some people say it’s one of the most disapponting places for sightseeing, as it’s not covered with silver. This one is famous for not being ornate, contrary to Kinkaku-ji. But I love this chic temple which represents Japanese ‘wabi-sabi.’