Japan 2018 Shibori Symposium – Post 6 – The famous rock garden at Ryoanji Temple in Kyoto. I’ve been here 3 times and this small garden is as beautiful as the first time. The mud walls are especially gorgeous. Yoshiko got us going at 7:30 that morning so we could be the first group to visit. We had the whole place to ourselves. As we left boards of students came in. The next photo a friend took of me sitting there. It was a very hot day and I wore a hemp short kimono that I’d gotten at the flea market the day before. Thankfully I had 2 clothespins to hold it closed. It was completely open under the arms and Boy did I love the air circulating.
I spent a half hour just sitting peacefully.
The Silver Pavilion in Kyoto. I love this little jewel. There is a gold pavilion too and is covered in gold. This one never got its silver coating but is lovely and the garden is too.
Here you get a view of the Silver Pavilion with the cone shaped mound of sand in the garden. I was told long ago that was to look like you were viewing the moon from inside the Pavilion. I’ve always loved that cone of sand.
After the morning of the most special temples we went shopping. Here is the dye supply shop I love. Did a lot of “damage” here again by buying small pieces of many different fabrics to dye. Here you can see rolls of white fabrics for dyeing. The name of the shop is Tanakanao. All kinds of dye supplies are there. I got a package of soot for dyeing.
More at the dye shop. There were piles of different fabrics you could buy. Each type had a sample to show what it would look like after dyeing. There were shelves and shelves of things.