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This is Kyoto


Traditional town house in Nishijin area
|| Katsura Rikyu, Imperial villa || Kiyomizu-dera Temple

An occidental artist once commented that Japanese architecture is "wood and paper art". The interweaving of wood and paper indeed possesses a delicate beauty, which is short-lived and easily ravaged by heartless fire, wind and snow. However, in Kyoto, precious evidence of the changes and developments in architecture spanning the Fujiwara era to the end of the Edo era remains in abundance.

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