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Rediscovering the Chion’in Temple, Part 2

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Heading Down
one of the many stairways at the Chion'in Temple (知恩院)
Kyoto, Japan

Picking up from yesterday's Rediscovering Kyoto’s Chion’in Temple via a Short Mountain Hike, where I had descended on a mountain trail into a back area of the Chion'in Temple that I hadn't known existed. Yesterday's post ended with me getting to the main area I'd always known about...


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Quaint Little Bridge

I'd seen this area briefly last year, at the end of the roof-repair visit, when it was lit up for an evening lightup event. Here's a photo from Nov 2, 2013:

a picturesque bridge at the Chion'in Temple in Kyoto Japan (知恩院)
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Evening Lightup
last year
去年の秋
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(A similar shot appeared late last year as decoration on a post about Garmin's horrible products.)

At that time the area was closed off so I couldn't investigate further, but yesterday I was free to stroll around. The view from on top of the bridge, looking lengthwise down it, shows one of the bazillion little outlying structures that are common at temples...


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Minor Outlying Structure

Looking the other way, you currently see only the big shell structure protecting the main building while it undergoes a decade of restoration.


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What I didn't realize before is that there's a whole other area tucked behind the main temple building, up a long flight of step:


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Yet Another Area I Didn't Know About

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Looking Back Down

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Not a Bad View

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Roofs
more of the temple's buildings still awaiting my discovery

As high as the nice view suggests we are, we're only at the height of the shell-building roof:


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Five Crows

This area had a couple of extra temple areas, including the main entrance to the No Passage temple seen in yesterday's post. I saw Japanese tourists heading in, so I suspect I was right that the sign meant don't use as a shortcut path and not no entrance.

But my attention was brought to a little door leading to the mountain that had another closed 4pm - 6am sign on it, and since it was 3:55, I decided to avail myself of the five minutes to see what was beyond the door.


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Where I Must Return
within five minutes or face a night on the mountain

I'll have to revisit this entire area when I have more time and more-appropriate lenses. It's really quite tastefully done, but the nasty orange traffic cone pretty much destroys the scene, another example of the aesthetic discord I find so often in Japan.

More steps, though increasingly rough and natural, lead to a spidery areas of little grave areas tucked here and there. One of the larger areas:


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Paths Not Taken
because my time was almost up

Descending to the more refined temple area, I could enjoy (as much as the lack of time allowed) uncommon from-above perspectives.


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Roof Detail

The whole temple would close soon, so I retraced my steps back toward the main area, and was about to descend down to and through the temple's huge main gate when I decided to see what was tucked around the other unexplored side of the protective-shell building.

What I found was that the temple has a whole complex of buildings and gardens — the normal attraction of temples for tourists like me — that I hadn't even known about. Lacking time, lenses, and reasonable attire (I was dressed for mountain hiking, like this), I saved them for another day, but continued away from the main area to find that there was another gate...


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North Gate

As evidence of how surprising this was to me, let me note that I lived for a year with my living room 150 meters from here... 20 seconds if you run quickly. I had no idea.

To be fair, this gate is not visible from the road, and, I think, not normally accessible except from the inside for use as an exit.


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View From the Gate
down toward the road

To reach the road, I first had to go down a windy series of steps...


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... through a small passage under a building, until you finally come out at pavement...


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Finally at the Road?

Except, that's not the road, that's part of the driveway to the temple's back administrative offices.


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View From the Road

This view I recognized, having gone by hundreds of times. It's right next to the Shoren'in Temple, and about 85 yards from the entrance to where I used to live.

For the last decade I've lived much farther away — almost half a mile — so I guess that's my excuse for not having more than the most superficial understanding of the Chion'in Temple. It was such a delight yesterday to discover not only so much more, but to also realize that perhaps the best parts are still waiting to be discovered.

Heading back during the fall foliage season, perhaps in three weeks, is high on the agenda.


Rediscovering Kyoto’s Chion’in Temple via a Short Mountain Hike
desktop background image of the massive bell at the Chion -- Big Bell 70 metric tons of very big bell at the Chion'in Temple, Kyoto Japan 知恩院の鈴 -- Chion'in Temple (知恩院) -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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Big Bell
70 metric tons of very big bell
at the Chion'in Temple, Kyoto Japan
知恩院の鈴
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It's been a month since I sprained my ankle while on a mountain hike. It's been feeling mostly better for a while, so I finally decided to do a short hike up to the Shogunzuka overlook just to test things out.

The hike is very simple (I've done it with a five-year-old in tow), and from home it took only 10 minutes to the trailhead, and from there 20 minutes up.

It was a splendid day, but the view from the top was hazy and dull...

Hazy Kyoto not much to see today -- Shogunzuka Overlook (将軍塚) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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Hazy Kyoto
not much to see today

The plane in the distance is Jetstar 615, half way on its run from Tokyo to Kumamoto. Flying at an altitude of 11km, it's about 34km (21 miles) away at this point.

There wasn't much else to see, so I turned around to try my luck going back down, a direction that I tend to be injury proned.

A minute into the downhill portion I came across trail signposts, and on a whim decided to take the trail down to the Chion'in Temple, a path I'd never taken.

I Took a Left -- Shogunzuka (将軍塚) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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I Took a Left

These local signposts are much nicer than the official Kyoto City posts like the one in the lower right of the photo (like this), which indicates that the path to Chion'in doesn't even go there (or anywhere).

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Anti-Ankle Trail
roots and rocks galore
More Signposts with real information for a change -- Chion'in Temple (知恩院) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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More Signposts
with real information for a change

The sign above informs me that the trail's exit at the Chion'in Temple closes at 4pm. I had plenty of time.

Despite that I used to live about a minute's walk away from the Chion'in Temple, I've never had much interest in it, other than its famous huge wooden gate. When you walk through the gate and up the bazillion steps to the temple proper, you're greeted mostly with a vast expanse of dusty gravel and a common (but big) temple building. Not too interesting.

The temple building is currently undergoing its once-in-a-hundred-years roof repair, which made for a great photo opportunity for the three days it was open, but for the other years of the project, you get just a big ugly protection shell.

So anyway, I was curious where among this stuff the trail came out of the mountain, and with that in mind, I was a bit surprised to find the trail exit the mountain near a dilapidated and apparently-abandoned temple(ish) building I'd not known of...

Mountain Sign like the kind commonly seen in Kyoto mountains -- Chion'in Temple (知恩院) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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Mountain Sign
like the kind commonly seen in Kyoto mountains

There was also a mini Stonehenge of monuments, including these two massive rocks:

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The carving on the one with the flowing writing is amazing...

“ ... you too... ” (about the only thing I could understand) -- Chion'in Temple (知恩院) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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... you too...
(about the only thing I could understand)

Just off trail, spiders had set up their own monuments, with webs that reflected (refracted?) pretty colors...

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Then I came across an entrance to what I assume is a sub-temple of some sort, and a graveyard:

“ No Passage ” -- Chion'in Temple (知恩院) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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No Passage

Normally if they don't want you to go in, the sign says Entrance Prohibited, but this sign says Passage Prohibited. I took that to mean that they didn't want you using it as a shortcut path to some destination beyond, which meant that I probably could have gone in, but I didn't want to take the chance that I misunderstood, so I didn't enter. After all, I'm just a guest.

Finally I came to the gate that closes at 4pm...

Open 6am - 4pm -- Chion'in Temple (知恩院) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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Open 6am - 4pm

And then was stunned to see the biggest bell I'd ever seen:

Absolutely Massive -- Chion'in Temple (知恩院) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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Absolutely Massive
150,000 pounds · 378 years old (the bell; I'm not sure about the guy) -- Chion'in Temple (知恩院) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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150,000 pounds · 378 years old
(the bell; I'm not sure about the guy)

I was now regretting that the one lens that I brought with me (the Sigma Bigma 50-500mm) didn't go nearly wide enough to do this bell justice. According to the sign in the photo that leads this post, it was built in 1636 (378 years ago). It's 3.3m (~11 ft) tall, 2.8m wide at the mouth, 30cm (about a foot) thick, and about 70 metric tons (150,000 pounds).

Just wow.

I'll Need to Come Back with more-appropriate lenses -- Chion'in Temple (知恩院) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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I'll Need to Come Back
with more-appropriate lenses

The bell is a designated Important Cultural Property of Japan, which somehow made it more funny when a newspaper delivery guy came whizzing by on his scooter, up the steps I had just descended, and through the gate that was soon to be locked at 4pm...

Looking Back at the Gate to the Trail where the newspaper guy scootered up and through -- Chion'in Temple (知恩院) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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Looking Back at the Gate to the Trail
where the newspaper guy scootered up and through

He came back soon enough, so he probably didn't go up the mountain :-), but instead to the sub-temple area I'd been hesitant to enter.

From the bell area, a short path went down to the aforementioned vast expanse of dusty gravel main area, so by now I knew where I was, but I felt silly for not having known about the bell or the sub-temple(ish) area. (I didn't realize at the time that this was merely the start of many feeling-silly-that-I-was-so-ignorant experiences for the day.)

Rather than go down to the main area, I took another path that lead, as best I can tell, off the temple property to a very small little park that was predominantly filled with big ugly STAY OFF THE GRASS signs, and this little gazebo with an even uglier CAMPING STRICTLY PROHIBITED sign sitting squarely in the one place in the park that anyone might want to actually enjoy...

Monumentally Ugly -- Maruyama Park (円山公園) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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Monumentally Ugly

This kind of discord (a pleasant/beautiful scene is totally marred by something ugly that really doesn't need to be there) is common in Japan. It's such a shame because the Japanese sense for beauty and harmony with nature is otherwise so nice.

In their defense, though, though the ugly sign does destroy the one nice area of the park someone might want to enjoy, it's also the one area someone might want to camp in, so yeah, they have that going for them. /-:

Anyway, facing the park more or less next to the big bell area was another temple I'd not known existed:

Anyoji Temple (安養寺) entrance of many steps -- Anyoji Temple (安養寺) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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Anyoji Temple (安養寺)
entrance of many steps
Small, Well-Tended Graveyard -- Anyoji Temple (安養寺) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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Small, Well-Tended Graveyard

I strolled around the area a bit and finally came across a place I'd been before, a nice set of steps set in a mossy hillside, just off a small road. I'd seen it just once, 2½ years ago, but recognized it instantly.

So with that point of reference in place, I returned to the big bell at the Chion'in Temple, and headed down to the vast expanse of dusty gravel... only to be surprised yet again by how much I hadn't realized existed.

Continued here...


Oodles of Cheerful Little Men at the Sekisanzen-in Temple in North-East Kyoto
Cheerful Little Men at the Sekisanzen-in Temple, Kyoto Japan Nov 2012 赤山禅院(京都市左京区) 2012年11月 -- Sekisanzen-in Temple (赤山禅院) -- Copyright 2012 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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Cheerful Little Men
at the Sekisanzen-in Temple, Kyoto Japan
Nov 2012
赤山禅院(京都市左京区) 2012年11月

Still revisiting autumns past while we wait for the fall-foliage season to start here in Kyoto, here are some genial little men at the Sekisanzen-in Temple in north-east Kyoto.

Lotsa' Cheerful Little Men -- Sekisanzen-in Temple (赤山禅院) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2012 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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Lotsa' Cheerful Little Men

I'm not sure what they're for, but I suspect they represent votive donations, such as these statuettes at the Sanzen-in Temple.

Sekisanzen-in Temple (赤山禅院) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2012 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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I stopped by with Damien prior to my first visit to Kyoto’s Shugakuin Imperial Villa two years ago, because we had a few extra minutes and it's nearby.

The affable men were in front of a little sub building on the temple grounds...

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Though this was a short visit, photos from it have appeared incidentally on my blog before. One was in A Long But Photogenic November in Kyoto:

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Another was in A Post For Damien Douxchamps’ Parents in Belgium:

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Pro Stance

They had a nice stone lantern in the garden, but I couldn't do much with it:

Meh ( commenting about my photo, not the lantern! ) -- Sekisanzen-in Temple (赤山禅院) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2012 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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Meh
( commenting about my photo, not the lantern! )

It reminds me of the one at the Enkouji Temple, which I think has come across nicely on my blog here, here, here, and here.

But I'm always a sucker for moss and colorful leaves...

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Back at the cheerful little men, I noticed some stickers placed around the frame:

Sekisanzen-in Temple (赤山禅院) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2012 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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My initial thought was that they looked like geisha name stickers, like these, but that makes no sense at a temple like this, and then I recalled having seen name stickers of pilgrims at a temple before, out in the middle of nowhere, here. So yeah, they're probably names of pilgrims.


Entrance to Kyoto’s Jojuji Temple at its Fall Best
desktop background image of the entrance path to the Jojuji Temple (浄住寺、京都市嵐山) in Kyoto, Japan, bathed in fall colors -- Coming and Going entrance to the Jojuji Temple, Kyoto Japan December, 2012 浄住寺(京都市嵐山)、2012年12月 -- Jojuji Temple (浄住寺 -- Copyright 2012 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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Coming and Going
entrance to the Jojuji Temple, Kyoto Japan
December, 2012
浄住寺(京都市嵐山)、2012年12月
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A couple of weeks ago during a scooter ride around western Kyoto, I came across a temple that I recalled having visited a couple of years ago. Its entrance path is quite nice.

Here's how it looked two weeks ago:

October 9th, 2014 二週間前(2014年10月9日) -- Jojuji Temple (浄住寺 -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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October 9th, 2014
二週間前(2014年10月9日)

I'll have to visit again in a month when the colors are hitting their peak, but until then, here are some more views from Dec 1, 2012:

desktop background image of the entrance path to the Jojuji Temple (浄住寺、京都市嵐山) in Kyoto, Japan, bathed in fall colors -- Jojuji Temple (浄住寺 -- Copyright 2012 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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desktop background image of the entrance path to the Jojuji Temple (浄住寺、京都市嵐山) in Kyoto, Japan, bathed in fall colors -- Jojuji Temple (浄住寺 -- Copyright 2012 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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desktop background image of the entrance path to the Jojuji Temple (浄住寺、京都市嵐山) in Kyoto, Japan, bathed in fall colors -- Sundrenched 「太陽の降り注ぐ」? -- Jojuji Temple (浄住寺 -- Copyright 2012 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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Sundrenched
「太陽の降り注ぐ」?
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Looking Back 門、途中までから -- Jojuji Temple (浄住寺 -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2012 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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Looking Back
門、途中までから
Dead Giveaway -- Jojuji Temple (浄住寺 -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2012 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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Dead Giveaway

The smudge of red reveals who joined me on that visit. It was the same trip two years ago with the intense rainbow over Arashiyama a pretty path, a bunch of whimsical carvings, among others.


Teppanyaki Lunch at The Garden Okazaki in Eastern Kyoto
Private Room for Five at the Hotel Okura's The Garden Okazaki Kyoto Japan -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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Private Room for Five
at the Hotel Okura's The Garden Okazaki
ホテルオークラの「ザ・ガーデン岡崎」での鉄板焼きランチ
Kyoto Japan

Fumie's folks took us out for lunch the other day, after a morning event to mark the 100th day of Fumie's dad's mom passing during the summer (she was 99½). The meal was teppanyaki at The Garden Okazaki, similar to the exquisite meal at another local hotel that I wrote about in the spring.

Nice View and we each got a big cloth apron -- The Garden Okazaki -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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Nice View
and we each got a big cloth apron
First Appetizer shrimp and various fishes -- The Garden Okazaki -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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First Appetizer
shrimp and various fishes
Waiting in the Wings for later courses -- The Garden Okazaki -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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Waiting in the Wings
for later courses
Starting With the Grill -- The Garden Okazaki -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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Starting With the Grill
Shrimp Appetizer -- The Garden Okazaki -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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Shrimp Appetizer
With Sauce -- The Garden Okazaki -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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With Sauce
And a Sprig of Green -- The Garden Okazaki -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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And a Sprig of Green
More Waiting in the Wings -- The Garden Okazaki -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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More Waiting in the Wings
Butter and fish and veggies -- The Garden Okazaki -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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Butter
and fish and veggies
A Touch of Seasoning -- The Garden Okazaki -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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A Touch of Seasoning
Layering rice patty, grilled fish, veggies -- The Garden Okazaki -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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Layering
rice patty, grilled fish, veggies
Sauces -- The Garden Okazaki -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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Sauces
Raw Garlic -- The Garden Okazaki -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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Raw Garlic
Soon Became Garlic Chips -- The Garden Okazaki -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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Soon Became Garlic Chips
Bring on the Beef -- The Garden Okazaki -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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Bring on the Beef
Pepper -- The Garden Okazaki -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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Pepper
Lunch is Served my medium-rare steak is done; mediums are still on the grill -- The Garden Okazaki -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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Lunch is Served
my medium-rare steak is done; mediums are still on the grill
Rice and Beef Snippets... -- The Garden Okazaki -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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Rice and Beef Snippets...
... and Lots of Minced Garlic made for a very nice garlic rice -- The Garden Okazaki -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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... and Lots of Minced Garlic
made for a very nice garlic rice
Dessert -- The Garden Okazaki -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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Dessert
Anthony's Milk Tea -- The Garden Okazaki -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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Anthony's Milk Tea

So, the big question is whether this one was better than the one before, and we were split, so it's probably that they're quite comparable.