Kinkaku-ji (Temple of the Golden Pavilion) is a Zen Buddhist Temple in Kyoto, Japan. Its official name is Rokuon-ji. It was first established in 1397. However, in 1950, a 22-year old novice monk burned the pavilion down and then tried to commit suicide. He survived, went to prison, but was released early in 1955 due to mental illness (persecution complex and schizophrenia.) He died of tuberculosis in 1956. The pavilion that we see today was rebuilt in 1955.

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22jul14. Kyoto, Japan.


Japanese artist Grind Pencil has garnered a high profile commission at Japan Rail’s Noda Station in Osaka. He is painting 10 huge pillars located at the front of the station. The theme commemorates Osaka’s famous Central Market, the city’s answer to Tokyo’s Tsukiji Market. It’s the place in Osaka where restaurant owners arrive at 415am every morning to start making bids on the freshest seafood available. This is a pretty big deal for the artist and it makes him happy to know he can make an ‘honest’ living doing what he loves; street art. He said of course he’d love to be tagging and bombing all over the city, but now, with three kids, he wouldn’t dare risk it and Japanese security is very tight. There are cameras everywhere. He’s been arrested once and that’s enough. Although his other work definitely has more ‘edge’ to it, he’s grateful to have been granted this honor by the city to be able to showcase the city’s pride and joy; one of Japan’s largest markets. There are some images below, but I didn’t stay out there all day. It’s that time of the year when the temperature climbs to 100 degrees with humidity. I felt like I was melting. I’ll be documenting more of his work in the next couple of months (when it’s cooler): 

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25jul14. Noda, Osaka, Japan.



“You look at where you’re going and where you are and it never makes sense, but then you look back at where you’ve been and a pattern seems to emerge.”
Robert M. Pirsig, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

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“Simplicity, patience, compassion.
These three are your greatest treasures.
Simple in actions and thoughts, you return to the source of being.
Patient with both friends and enemies,
you accord with the way things are.
Compassionate toward yourself,
you reconcile all beings in the world.”
Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching

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