Seeing Double

Melanie  McQuoid

Beckenham, United Kingdom

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Kinkakuji in Kyoto, Japan. Golden Pavilion Temple. It was originally built in 1397 to serve as a retirement villa for Shogun Ashikaga Yoshimitsu, as part of his estate then known as Kitayama. His son converted the building into a Zen temple of the Rinzai school. The temple was burned down twice during the Ōnin War.

The Golden Pavilion, or Kinkaku, is a three-story building on the grounds of the temple. The top two stories of the pavilion are covered with pure gold leaf.

In 1950, the pavilion was burned down by a monk, who then attempted suicide on the hill behind the building. He survived, but during the investigation after the monk’s arrest, his mother was called in to talk with the police; on her way home, she committed suicide by jumping from her train into a river valley. The monk was sentenced to seven years in prison; he died of illness during his imprisonment in 1956.

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