The Golden Pavilion

Born in 1984 and living in Osaka, Japan, Shinya Kagomoto has a specialty in the approach to architecture photography, among other subjects. He moved to Beijing, China, as an exchange student from 2008 to 2010 and befriended many Indonesians. He mainly speaks Japanese, but at work he also speaks Chinese and English. Kagomoto-san looks forward to seeing the blooming international relation between Japan and any other countries. He hopes that many more people will come to Japan to feel the country’s spirit of modenisation with traditional wisdom.


Golden pavilion 1

I like to travel in autumn. It has good temperature (not too hot, not too cold), leaf color is changing to yellow and red. Kinkaku Temple, or also called the Golden Pavilion, Kyoto, Japan, was registered as a World Cultural Heritage Site in 1994. I want to go there to see gold contrast against autumn color this time around.

This gold temple is in north of Kyoto. There is no train station near this temple. The best way is by bus, which means that it is inconvenience for us to go there. But many foreigners still visit this gold structure. Ginkgo leaf changes to yellow.

Maple leaf changes to red in autumn. Japan has a lot of mountains. So, we can feel that autumn is coming when these trees change their colors to yellow and red everywhere.

The Golden Pavilion
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THE DROUGHT

Drought 01

“Only farmers that the world needs the most.”

Li Zhao Xing, Former Foreign Minister of People’s Republic of China

40 million Indonesians work in agricultural sector. If one must support 3 family members, then there are roughly 160 million people who depend their livelihoods on this pillar industry. That is more than 50% of the country’s population. Farming is one of Indonesia’s major production outlets, contributing to its sizable economy. This is a conventional wisdom held for centuries. However it entailed also the basic problem that loomed large over the majority small income peasants, encompassing 40% of the total agriculture workforce. Continue reading THE DROUGHT