Several kind people commented "less is more" on yesterday's image, and that inspired me to post this photo.
One of the things I admire about traditional Japanese architecture is its willingness to live with the earth rather than on it. A fine example is the old Imperial Palace. Even this, the former residence of the (formerly) divine Emperor is remarkably modest when compared with royal residences in many other parts of the world. Of course at the time the Emperor used this Palace it was luxurious well beyond the imaginings of ordinary Japanese people, but even these grand structures still manage to live with their surroundings rather than simply overwhelm them. Here, on a peaceful late afternoon, the Palace seems to join us in appreciating the beauty of the light, the trees and the encompassing mountains.