Moon Awaiting Mountain
Ginkaku-ji or the silver pavilion is the twin of Kinkaku-ji or the golden pavilion. This pavilion simpler and less lavish but the surrounding gardens are spectacular. On entering the complex the center point in the flawless dry sand garden. There is a perfectly symmetrical cone representing Mt Fuji and known as the Moon Viewing Platform surrounded by an immaculately raked sea of silver quartz grains. This is contrasted against the verdant moss garden, mirrored surface of the pond and borrowed landscape of the surrounding woodland. Surely best viewed in the moonlight.