Friday, June 12, 2015

PS Summer Seminar Day 3: Kanazawa Sightseeing

Ninja Dera (Myouryuji) + Kenrokuen + 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art

Day 3: The last day of Summer Seminar.
Today's breakfast: Western Style.

Ninja Temple / Ninjadera / Myouryuji

Myoryuji Temple (妙立寺, Myōryūji), commonly known as Ninjadera ("Ninja Temple"), was built by the Maeda lords, rulers over the region during the Edo Period.
While not actually associated with ninja, the temple earned its nickname because of its many deceptive defences.

Since the shogun imposed strict building restrictions as one way of weakening his regional lords, Myoryuji was designed to circumvent the restrictions and serve as a disguised military outpost.

It was built with considerable defences and escape routes, so that its defenders could alert the castle in the event of an attack.

The temple's defences aimed to guard against intruders or attack, and include hidden tunnels, secret rooms, traps, and a labyrinth of corridors and staircases.
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No photography is allowed inside the temple.
But it is worth visiting.
Everything was so interesting here.
Especially the design of hidden stairs, hidden rooms and traps.

2nd stop: Kenrokuen Garden

- One of Japan's Three Most Beautiful Gardens 
Kenrokuen Garden is a beautiful Japanese garden with an area of 11.4 hectares located on the heights of the central part of Kanazawa and next to Kanazawa Castle.
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It is nice during winter time especially when cover with snow.
I always see Kenrokuen from TV and this is my first time to experience with my own eyes.

Unfortunately, the day we went was gloomy.
Couldn't get any nice shot of the garden.

But the scenery was very nice.

A large garden.

Group photo

Lunch at Kenrokuen

Last stop: 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art

The Swimming Pool
by Leandro ERLICH
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In one of the museum’s courtyards is a swimming pool framed by a limestone deck. When viewed from the deck, the pool appears to be filled with deep, shimmering water. In fact, however, a layer of water only some 10cm deep is suspended over transparent glass. Below the glass is an empty space with aquamarine walls that viewers can enter. The work sets up an unfolding sequence of experiences, from our astonishment at peering down and finding people under the water to our gazing upward from the interior of the pool. While undermining our everyday assumptions about what we think to be obvious, the work invites our active involvement in its spaces—once we catch on to its deception—and produces a sense of connection between people looking at each other.


Another shot.
No photography is allowed at most of the gallery.
So I couldn't share any nice shot.
Instead you should come and experience by yourself.
Respect art :-)

The last Summer Seminar was a great success.
Had a lot of fun together.
Made a lot of great memories and hope to see you guys again.
Take care.


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