Kyoto, Kinkakuji

My 50th birthday day...

Kinkakuji, the gold covered building. Built originally about 800 years ago by the powers that be for "Moon viewing". A beautifully landscaped setting. Built and guilded during a period of famine in the local area, making it even more a symbol of royal excess. The location became a shrine shortly after.

Burned to the ground about 50 years ago by a deranged monk, the building was rebuilt with the guilding about five times thicker than the original.

A very striking visual. The location is perfect.

Of course as a shrine, you can get your "fortune" on a paper from these 2 old vending machines, and if you don't like the fortune there's the handy "Fortune dust can" provided...

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