The temple Tenryu-ji is to the west of Kyoto near Mt. Arashima. There you can order a Kaiseki meal, the exquisite vegetarian cuisine developed to satisfy the palates of the nobility who had taken their vows but still wished to dine on fine food.
|From the station you walk across the river.|
|When you enter the grounds of Tenryu-ji there is a ceremonial gate famous for its walls made of old tiles ...|
|... and a lotus pond, looking appropriately wintry and sad.|
|The main building.|
|The rooms are meant for banquets ... but we had one all to ourselves.|
|So of course we sat down near the entrance, in the place of honor in front of the tokonoma with the painting of Daruma-san.|
|It was a very warm day, and so the sliding doors were left open to give a view of the garden.|