Eryn Wells


Eaves of the Imperial Palace in Kyoto

This photo is a corner of the older part of the Imperial Palace in Kyōto. I’m impressed with the intricacy of the construction: the number and precision placement of the support beams, and the all of the artful details in the eaves and roof tiles.


金閣寺 (Kinkaku-ji) was built as a private residence of a powerful lord. The house and surrounding grounds are beautiful; you can imagine escaping there for a few days to get away from the hustle and bustle of Japanese court life. In his will, he bequeathed the site to his favorite Buddhist sect who transformed it into the temple it is today.