Friday, April 9, 2010


Kinkyo-chi or Brocade Mirror Pond at the gardens of Ginkaku-ji. Within the pond there are two small islands called Crane and Turtle Islands, both symbols of longevity. There are also large stones within the pond, the large stone in the center of the pond is known as 'Ecstatic Contemplation' while another forms a stone bridge called the 'Bridge of the pillar of the Immortal.' The pond is completed by a small waterfall called Sengetsu-sei or moon watching fountain and the tiny trickle of water from this fall spreads gentle ripples across the whole pond.