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Monday, 30 May 2011

Windows on the World: Japan

The clever thing about a picture that looks like a window is that it can transport you to any country you would like to see beyond your window frame!

This lovely scene, for example, gives you a view of a real Japanese garden as seen from a temple window. No need to spend a fortune on a travel ticket or spend hours on a plane.

The peaceful garden is bursting with green, from the rounded forms of the topiary to the conifers that form a backdrop.

The view was photographed through the unusual arched shape of one of the windows in Kiyomizudera Temple in Kyoto.

View from the Temple Window, Kiyomizudera, Kyoto, Japan

View from the Temple Window, Kyoto, Japan is available from

This is an ancient Buddhist temple whose name means "Pure Water Temple" and is protected as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The temple offers beautiful views of Kyoto and flowering cherry trees from its famous wooden veranda which attracts visitors and their cameras.

The photographic scene captured in the poster above is a more intimate composition of the Zen garden with its small pond, basin, and stone structures. A lovely way to bring the outdoors in and invite some peaceful contemplation without having to create your own Zen garden. Available in several sizes as a print, stretched canvas, or framed.

You can see more images and learn more about Kiyomizu-dera Temple at this interesting website.

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