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Feature page — September 2016

Classic views of the old temples and streets of Kyoto, capital of Japan until the modern era.

Sagano bamboo grove lit up
© Epoch

2016: Sagano bamboo grove lit up

A night view of the bamboo grove at Sagano in Kyoto. With roughly 1400 pieces of bamboo, and the rest path and brushwood fence, this is a real puzzler's puzzle!

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Kinkakuji
© Epoch

2016: Kinkakuji

Perhaps the most famous of Kyoto's temples, this is the "Gold pavilion." It was originally built in the 1300s, and given to the Shogun Ashikaga Yoshimitsu in 1397, but was destroyed in an arson attack in 1950. Rebuilt in 1955, the gold leaf covering was only completely restored in 1987. Like the "Silver pavilion," this is only a nickname, and the formal temple name is Rokuonji.

What does the name mean?
kin
gold
kaku
pavilion
ji
temple
Detail

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Kinkaku-ji
© Epoch

2000: Kinkaku-ji

Perhaps the most famous of Kyoto's temples, this is the "Gold pavilion." It was originally built in the 1300s, and given to the Shogun Ashikaga Yoshimitsu in 1397, but was destroyed in an arson attack in 1950. Rebuilt in 1955, the gold leaf covering was only completely restored in 1987. Like the "Silver pavilion," this is only a nickname, and the formal temple name is Rokuonji.

* This puzzle has TINY pieces!

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Hônen-in
© Mizuno Katsuhiko

1000: Hônen-in (Mizuno)

This temple was built in the Edo period (roughly 1600-1850) to honour Hônen, who was a much earlier Buddhist teacher. This is the central court, the "yard" of the temple head (not quite literally a yard, but hôjô, a square of side ten Japanese feet); the bridge over the pond symbolises the interval between "this world" and "the other world". The rooms we see feature some spectacular screen paintings, and are sometimes used as a venue for concerts.

What does the name mean?
hô
law
nen
thus
in
temple

Sorry: the gloss is rather mysterious, but after all, it is a personal name.

Born in Kyoto in 1941, Mizuno Katsuhiko earned a degree in literature from Doshisha University in 1964. Since 1969 he has worked as a freelance photographer, in a lifelong quest to capture the essence of Japanese tradition in his native city, and resulting in publication of some one hundred books of his photographs.

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Myôman-ji
© Mizuno Katsuhiko

1000: Kôdai-ji (Mizuno)

An unimaginable amount of effort goes into making the rocks in this garden look as though they got where they are naturally!

What does the name mean?
kô
high
dai
stand
ji
temple

Born in Kyoto in 1941, Mizuno Katsuhiko earned a degree in literature from Doshisha University in 1964. Since 1969 he has worked as a freelance photographer, in a lifelong quest to capture the essence of Japanese tradition in his native city, and resulting in publication of some one hundred books of his photographs.

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Code: A10318 (1000-318 on box)
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Ginkaku-ji
© Mizuno Katsuhiko

1000: Ginkaku-ji (Mizuno)

Built in 1482 by Shogun Ashikaga Yoshimasa, this was intended to be the silver counterpart to the even more famous Kinkaku-ji ("Gold pavilion"), but somehow they never got round to putting the silver foil on, so it's just wood. The "Silver pavilion" is really a nickname, and officially the temple is called Tôzan-jishô-ji.

What does the name mean?
gin
silver
kaku
pavilion
ji
temple

Born in Kyoto in 1941, Mizuno Katsuhiko earned a degree in literature from Doshisha University in 1964. Since 1969 he has worked as a freelance photographer, in a lifelong quest to capture the essence of Japanese tradition in his native city, and resulting in publication of some one hundred books of his photographs.

This temple is very famous: just do a Google search for 'ginkakuji' to find out lots more about it.

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Sagano grove in winter
© Epoch

1000: Sagano grove in winter

This view of the famous bamboo grove outside Kyoto always makes a challenging puzzle, and it is not obvious whether the winter snow version will be slightly easier or slightly harder!

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An Epoch puzzle: 1000 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: E11419 (11-419 on box)
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Kinkakuji
© Beverly

1000: Kinkakuji

Perhaps the most famous of Kyoto's temples, this is the "Gold pavilion." It was originally built in the 1300s, and given to the Shogun Ashikaga Yoshimitsu in 1397, but was destroyed in an arson attack in 1950. Rebuilt in 1955, the gold leaf covering was only completely restored in 1987. Actually, "Gold pavilion" is only a nickname, and the formal temple name is Rokuonji.

What does the name mean?
kin
gold
kaku
pavilion
ji
temple

* This puzzle has TINY pieces!

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A Beverly puzzle: 1000 pieces; 38 x 26 cm (15" x 10")
Code: BM81835 (M81-835 on box)
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Ginkaku-ji
© Epoch

1000: Ginkaku-ji

Built in 1482 by Shogun Ashikaga Yoshimasa, this was intended to be the silver counterpart to the even more famous Kinkaku-ji ("Gold pavilion"), but somehow they never got round to putting the silver foil on, so it's just wood. The "Silver pavilion" is really a nickname, and officially the temple is called Tōzan-jishō-ji.

This tasteful photograph will be a nice challenge, yet not tedious because of the variations in tint and texture of the green pieces.

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Code: E10739 (10-739 on box)
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Ninna-ji temple
© Epoch

759: Ninna-ji temple

This temple is famed for its collection of 200 or so cherry trees, here seen in full bloom. Originally founded in 888, most of the buildings in the Ninna-ji precinct date from the seventeenth century.

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Philosopher's walk
© Apollo

600: Philosopher's walk

This famous path in Kyoto is named after the philosopher Kitaro Nishida who would meditate while strolling along it. The waterway is lined by cherry trees, which provide not only a display of blossom in the spring but also a rich pattern of reds and yellows in the autumn.

* This puzzle has smaller pieces than the standard size.

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Sanneizaka
© Epoch

500: Sanneizaka

In a quaint corner of Kyoto, these steps are part of the passage called Sanneizaka. There are various theories for the origin of the name, but the most prominent one (based on the characters used to write the name today) is that it refers to a prayer for safe childbirth.

The cherry blossoms and traditional roof tiles provide an exquisite combination of textures for this puzzle.

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Kamigamo Shrine
© Beverly

300: Kamigamo Shrine

This is one of two associated Shinto shrines on the Kamo river in northern Kyoto, its name meaning "Upper Kamo shrine" — the other is Shimogamo ("Lower Kamo"). The two have a very long history, going back to the Heian period (c. AD 800), but as is the tradition the structures themselves are maintained and rebuilt as necessary. This is the ornate main gate (rōmon), seen through the spring foliage.

One of the oldest shrines in Japan, it is now a World Heritage site.

Wikipedia article

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Cherry blossom in Kyoto
© Beverly

300: Cherry blossom in Kyoto

Kimono-clad figures cross the bridge in Gion, the traditional area of Kyoto.

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Heian shrine cherry blossom
© Apollo-sha

300: Heian shrine cherry blossom

A classic view of the Kihin-kan ("guest residence") in the gardens of the Heian shrine in Kyoto. This site was built relatively recently, in 1895, on the site of the Emperor's palace in Kyoto, commemorating 1100 years since the capital moved there from Nara.

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Code: P48641 (48-641 on box)
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