After spending about a week bicycling and exploring the many temples of Kyoto Japan, I gained a considerable amount of inspiration for future works, amongst those was this miniature depicting the beautiful “golden temple” named Kinkaku-ji.
The Golden Pavilion is set in a magnificent Japanese strolling garden, a landscape garden in the go-round style. The location implements the idea of borrowed scenery that integrates the outside and the inside, creating an extension of the views surrounding the pavilion and connecting it with the outside world.
The pavilion extends over a pond, called Kyōko-chi (Mirror Pond?), that reflects the building. The pond contains 10 smaller islands. The zen typology is seen through the rock composition, the bridges, and plants are arranged in a specific way to represent famous places in Chinese and Japanese literature. Vantage points and focal points were established because of the strategic placement of the pavilion to view the gardens surrounding the pavilion.…[highlight4 variation=”red”]Original Sold [/highlight4] [colored_box variation=”silver”] [one_third]• SKU: AA131317
• Title: Golden Temple
• Subject: Kyoto Shrine
• Location: Maui, Hawaii
• Completed: 1982
• Pieces: One
[/one_third] [one_third]• Medium: Oil on Jadeite
• Style: Classic Landscape
• Colors: Green, Gold
• Signed: Yes
• Frame: n/a
• Purchase: Giclee, Other
[/one_third] [one_third_last]• Dim: 4″ x 5″
• Dim-Set: n/a
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A small fishing deck is attached to the rear of the pavilion building, allowing a small boat to be moored under it. The kinkaku-ji grounds were built according to descriptions of the Western Paradise of the Buddha Amida, intending to illustrate a harmony between heaven and earth. The largest islet in the pond represents the Japanese islands. The four stones forming a straight line in the pond near the pavilion are intended to represent sailboats anchored at night, bound for the Isle of Eternal Life in Chinese mythology.