In late January of 2011, on one of the coldest winter days in Kyoto, coldness that freezes you to the bone, I visited Nanzenji Temple. These photos were taken with my frozen fingers.
One of the most characteristic cultures of Japan is 'Wabi Sabi'. Although I don't fully understand this concept, to me it is to accept things as they are, as natural as they are, and to enjoy them, even if they look too simple, too bare, too sad and lonely due to the lack of decoration or volume.
When I looked at the almost-bare trees and plants in the garden of Nanzenji Temple, I had a feeling similar to Wabi Sabi, and came to more fully understand it.
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