Ginkaku-Ji and Honen-In in the Rain

Today the rain has set in, and thinking this would deter visitors to the temples at Ginkaku-Ji and Honen-In, I cycled across the river to Northern Higashiyama early this morning.  Ginkaku-Ji was already quite busy despite the rain, but it was still possible to get an unimpeded view of the stroll garden and the carefully raked white stones of the kogetsudai. Honen-In was, however, completely deserted and although I got thoroughly soaked-through wandering in the gardens, it was a treat to enjoy it in complete solitude.

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