Friday, January 25, 2013

On Golden Pond

Golden Palace. Kyoto, Japan

The Golden Palace is one of the most historic and popular sites in Japan. Standing out all the more against a backdrop of what appears to be the unofficial dress code of Japanese citizenry:  dark colors, usually black.

And of course the ubiquitous surgical masks used to ward off germs worn by almost a third of the population when out in public.

Typical dress: dark suit, white mask
School children both public and private wear school uniforms


Anonymous said...

Gorgeous picture. Gorgeous temple. Is in use as a religious site?

Larry Kelley said...

It's now a museum, so no religious services are still held there.

Anonymous said...

Whats up with the white masks?

Larry Kelley said...

Very common this time of year in Japan, trying to ward off common cold and flu.

In China it's very common year round because of the lousy air quality.