Kansai Region, Japan

Photos taken by David Stanley on a visit to Osaka, Kyoto, and Asuka, Japan.
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A bronze phoenix crowns the roof of the Silver Pavilion at Ginkakuji Temple in Kyoto, Japan. The builder died in 1489 before the building could be covered with silver as planned.

A bronze phoenix crowns the roof of the Silver Pavilion at Ginkakuji Temple in Kyoto, Japan. The builder died in 1489 before the building could be covered with silver as planned.

Japanese tourists taking selfies near Ginkakuji Temple in Kyoto, Japan.

Japanese tourists taking selfies near Ginkakuji Temple in Kyoto, Japan.

A model shows off a silk kimono at the Nihijin Textile Center in Kyoto, Japan.

A model shows off a silk kimono at the Nihijin Textile Center in Kyoto, Japan.

Nijo Castle in Kyoto, Japan, was built in 1626 as a residence for the first Tokugawa Shogun, Ieyasu.

Nijo Castle in Kyoto, Japan, was built in 1626 as a residence for the first Tokugawa Shogun, Ieyasu.

A Boeing 767 glides across the Pacific between Japan and Canada.

A Boeing 767 glides across the Pacific between Japan and Canada.

The Ishibutai Tumulus at Asuka is the burial mound of Sogano Umako, a 7th century Soga warlord who promoted Buddhism in Japan. The massive ceiling stone weighs 77 tons.

The Ishibutai Tumulus at Asuka is the burial mound of Sogano Umako, a century Soga warlord who promoted Buddhism in Japan. The massive ceiling stone weighs 77 tons.

The 6th century Asuka-dera Temple at Asuka, 25 kilometers south of Nara, is the oldest Buddhist temple in Japan.

The century Asuka-dera Temple at Asuka, 25 kilometers south of Nara, is the oldest Buddhist temple in Japan.

The rings of this stone monument west of the Asuka-dera Temple at Asuka, Japan, represent the five elements of life: soil (bottom), water, fire, wind, and emptiness.

The rings of this stone monument west of the Asuka-dera Temple at Asuka, Japan, represent the five elements of life: soil (bottom), water, fire, wind, and emptiness.

The Onino Secchin Stone at Asuka, Japan, is the cover stone of a 7th century burial chamber. A local legend claims that demons would confuse travelers with mist and consume their bodies on the mound.

The Onino Secchin Stone at Asuka, Japan, is the cover stone of a century burial chamber. A local legend claims that demons would confuse travelers with mist and consume their bodies on the mound.

The mausoleum of Princess Kibihime (died 643 AD) at Asuka, Japan, contains several stone figures called saru-ishi or "monkey stones".

The mausoleum of Princess Kibihime (died 643 AD) at Asuka, Japan, contains several stone figures called saru-ishi or "monkey stones".

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