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« on: January 03, 2011 05:17:20 PM »

Because we would really love to travel but we don't have the money, every year my family chooses a different place to use as a theme.  This year, we chose Japan.  To go  along with the theme, I chose to do a gingerbread Ginkaku-ji temple.

Ginkaku-ji (a.k.a. Jisho-ji)  is a zen temple in Kyoto and is considered by many to be the best example of the Japanese spirit of architecture.  Here is a pic of the real thing

Mine stood about 2 feet tall and was 100% edible with the exception of the tinfoil that I used to back the water.
Here's a different angle   This shows the same side as the photo of the real temple but I chose to have the temple shut up rather than open since it is winter time . . . In case the difference between the two needed explaining.

Here is the other side with the zen rock garden   In reality, the zen garden is part of one of the secondary buildings but I really wanted to make one part of the main temple.  And a close up of that rock garden:

The original temple has a bronze phoenix on top of it's roof.  To make mine, I origami folded a wonton wrapper.   Well, two actually.  I made the tail separate.  It wasn't to scale but I feel that it went with the spirit of the piece and it would be hard to tell what it was if I made it much smaller.

Please let me know what you think.
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« Reply #1 on: January 03, 2011 05:55:51 PM »

This is SOOOOO cool - the zen garden is sweet!! I love all the detailed photos - thanks!!  Grin

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« Reply #2 on: January 03, 2011 06:22:59 PM »

Hey I've been there and totally recognized it from the thumbnail!  Very cool and love the detail!

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« Reply #3 on: January 03, 2011 07:32:40 PM »

such a 'sweet' zen garden.  haha jk okay candy humor is not funny but that house is awesome too cool to eat

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« Reply #4 on: January 04, 2011 04:13:35 PM »

How unique. I never would have guessed that it was made of edible stuff. It turned out so pretty.

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« Reply #5 on: January 05, 2011 08:03:58 AM »

Awesome!  I love Japanese culture, and the fact that you put in a little zen garden is amazing!  I love it!

« Reply #6 on: January 05, 2011 03:00:11 PM »

Hey I've been there and totally recognized it from the thumbnail!  Very cool and love the detail!
That makes me so happy!  I've never been.  I took some books out of the library and looked all over the internet for reference.
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« Reply #7 on: January 05, 2011 05:39:05 PM »

Oh wow, this is awesome!  I really like the details, like the phoenix and the rock garden!
« Reply #8 on: January 05, 2011 07:58:01 PM »

love that you did something unique, as well as beautiful Smiley

« Reply #9 on: January 06, 2011 05:21:25 AM »

What a great idea! Such a fun way to "travel" when you're unable to in person. The house itself is adorable as well. Excellent job!
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