National Geographic : 1959 Dec
Undaunted by Rain, School Children Swarm Through Nijo Castle's Garden At Kyoto, capital of Japan for more than 1,000 years prior to 1868, touring school children file through the famed rock-patterned Ninomaru Garden. Laid out beside the residence of the first Tokugawa Shogun, the garden originally stood bare of trees, lest falling leaves suggest the briefness of life. "Falling rain proved our prob lem," said the author, "but, like these Japanese youngsters, we kept on sightseeing." Five-storied Pagoda Adorns the Path at Japan's Famed Toshogu Shrine Set amid forested mountains at Nikko, the sanctuary honors Ieyasu, founder of the Toku gawa Shogunate and the "East Illuminating In carnation of Bodhisattva." Built in 1636 by Japan's finest artists and architects, the shrine inspired the expression, "Never say kekko [magnificent] until you have seen Nikko." In this view of the pagoda, whose roofs rep resent earth, water, fire, wind, and sky, new High Speed Ektachrome film pierces shadows of overhanging eaves on a dark and misty day. From this spot visitors climb terraces lined with giant cryptomeria trees and pass through the ornate Yomei Gate, glittering with gold 856 and bristling with carved dragons.