Monday, May 14, 2012
The upcoming Spring Lantern Festival reminds me that I still need to post pics from the Fall Lantern Festival. The lanterns, set on the stream in the city center, are crafted from paper and the size of parade floats. Most are themed on some aspect of traditional Korean life or legends. Here's the best of them.
|Close up of the gate|
|Drum and dance performers|
|Korea's mascot--I think it's a dragon|
Sunday, May 13, 2012
Kinkaku, the Golden Pavilion, rests in on the serene Mirror Pond and is surrounded by a traditional Japanese landscape. The building consists of three types of architecture. The first floor is in the palace style. The second floor is in the style of a samurai house, and these are topped by the third, zen-temple-style floor. The second and third floors are covered in gold leaf.
Monday, May 7, 2012
The cherry blossom festival failed to provide any actual blossoms. It was a week or two early. It did, however, provide an opportunity to snap these pics of Kris with the much-loved-by-Koreans-plush-mascot-people-thingies.
|Pororo--the children's president (as one Korean girl describe him to me once)|
|The Salvation Army mascot.|
|This one I imagine to be the most humiliating because people can actually see her face.|