Snapshot 5: Unexpected

Admittedly, I had never been into the private reception rooms of a Buddhist temple before but, nevertheless, the decoration of these two rooms at Fukushoji Temple came as something of a surprise.

The inner most room is reserved for when a high-ranking monk visits—the blue walls and stunning colour of the cushion are both indication of his status.

The minimalism of so many pieces of traditional Japanese architecture is always a pleasure to behold and to experience.  These two rooms, however, have set a new standard for me—refreshingly bright and airy, clean lines and an inspiring atmosphere.  Why ever did I think I would never see anything like this in Japan?

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