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Gardens in Kyoto
“A certain calm is essential in order to live, relief from anxiety.” - Patricia Highsmith
At times, I need to be in a calm state so I can lay down complications and spread out complexities in order to untangle and digest as best as I can. What do I contemplate to feel calm? I reminisce about the gardens in Kyoto, Japan. They have been carefully and masterfully manicured for centuries, and we simply adore them. I love their serene qualities, nevermind the philosophical purposes behind the gardens. The serenities come from their elemental minimal executions.
When one visits Kyoto, I highly recommend making reservations way ahead of time. Definitely, I did not make reservations on my first visit to Kyoto, and missed out on some important gardens to enjoy. Mostly, these gardens are not designed to accommodate many people; therefore, they are carefully guarded and monitored by limiting the number of attendees.
Some of the gardens are blanketed with centuries-old, gorgeous, velvety moss. While listening to chirping birds, one must inhale the scents of moist moss. They are amazingly fragrant and work doubly as sound enhancers; I can hear maple leaves brushing one another.
Another pointer when visiting Kyoto, these mosses do amazingly well due to the city’s high humidity. Extreme humid days are in the summer days, so during those months think about carrying a parasol and/or a thick and soft handkerchief in close reach.
Images by D.B. Kim.