Mike Bennett’s Last Day in Kyoto: Arashiyama Bike Ride
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Mike Bennett on a bike ride in Kyoto -- Arashiyama (嵐山) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2011 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Mike Bennett
on a bike ride in Kyoto

The final post on my old Yahoo! manager's visit to Kyoto (part 1, part 2). On his last full day in Kyoto we visited the Arashiyama area on the far western edge of the city, and rented small battery-assisted bicycles. We didn't really need the battery assist, but it was nice. 🙂

Rental Bike in Arashiyama the seats were just a bit too short for us -- Arashiyama (嵐山) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2011 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Rental Bike in Arashiyama
the seats were just a bit too short for us
Memorial for a WWII one-man kamikaze submarine squadron -- Arashiyama (嵐山) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2011 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Memorial
for a WWII one-man kamikaze submarine squadron

The sign above (showing a crude illustration of the kamikaze one-way one-man submarine) used to be accompanied by a large marble monument with an engraved photograph, and if I recall, one of the actual subs. An odd thing to find by the side of the street. Now the sub is in Hiroshima, and only the sign remains.

Typical Sidewalk away from the main drag -- Arashiyama (嵐山) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2011 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Typical Sidewalk
away from the main drag
Arashiyama's Famous “Togetsukyo” Bridge in the background -- Arashiyama (嵐山) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2011 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Arashiyama's Famous “Togetsukyo” Bridge
in the background
Typical Lane -- Arashiyama (嵐山) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2011 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Typical Lane
Seizing the Moment when no one was in the view -- Arashiyama (嵐山) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2011 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Seizing the Moment
when no one was in the view

The lady in the photo above came behind me to take a picture, and seeing that the lane was clear, I stepped behind her to give her a clean shot. Then I took mine, but someone had just started to step in from the opposite side, but I banished them with Lightroom's spot-healing tool. 🙂

Manufacturing the Moment making it look like no one's there Vertical Desktop-Background Versions 1050 × 1680   ·   1200 × 1920   ·   1600 × 2560 -- Arashiyama (嵐山) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2011 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Manufacturing the Moment
making it look like no one's there
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Amazed at the Bamboo -- Arashiyama (嵐山) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2011 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Amazed at the Bamboo
Enjoying the Day -- Arashiyama (嵐山) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2011 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Enjoying the Day
On The Move Again many of these shots are at speed, holding the camera in one hand -- Arashiyama (嵐山) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2011 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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On The Move Again
many of these shots are at speed, holding the camera in one hand
Crops and Farmhouse Desktop-Background Versions 1280 × 800   ·   1680 × 1050   ·   1920 × 1200   ·   2560 × 1600 -- Arashiyama (嵐山) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2011 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Crops and Farmhouse
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Visitors Desktop-Background Versions 1280 × 800   ·   1680 × 1050   ·   1920 × 1200   ·   2560 × 1600 -- Arashiyama (嵐山) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2011 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Visitors
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Roof in Giouji -- Giouji Temple (祇王寺) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2011 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Roof in Giouji

There are a bazillion temples in the area, but we forewent most of them to visit the small and unassuming Giouji Temple, which I first posted about four years ago in “An Introduction to Kyoto's Giouji Temple”. To see many more posts from this area, look at the “nearby photos” link under any of these photos, or visit the “Related Posts” section at the end of the introductory post.

desktop background image of moss in the garden of the Giouji Temple (祇王寺) in Kyoto, Japan -- Moss in Giouji -- Giouji Temple (祇王寺) -- Copyright 2011 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Moss in Giouji
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Side Attraction Likely a bug of some sort -- Giouji Temple (祇王寺) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2011 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Side Attraction
Likely a bug of some sort

The sun was about to set over the mountains, and so with it still streaming in, I played around with putting it at the edge of the frame, for some “artsy” effects, some of which might be nice as a desktop background.

Giouji Temple (祇王寺) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2011 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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desktop background image of sunlight streaming behind some green maple leaves -- Giouji Temple (祇王寺) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2011 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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desktop background image of the garden in Kyoto Arashyama -- Giouji Temple (祇王寺) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2011 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Some of the moss feels more like a very tiny bamboo forest from above...

Hairy Moss Detail Desktop-Background Versions 1280 × 800   ·   1680 × 1050   ·   1920 × 1200   ·   2560 × 1600 -- Giouji Temple (祇王寺) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2011 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Hairy Moss Detail
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It was impressive in the harsh sunlight...

desktop background image of a leaf sitting on a bumpy mound of moss, looking like a boat riding the swells during a storm -- Boat in a Tempest -- Giouji Temple (祇王寺) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2011 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Boat in a Tempest
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Looking Up -- Giouji Temple (祇王寺) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2011 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Looking Up
desktop background image of looking up at a canopy of bamboo, in Kyoto Japan -- Up -- Giouji Temple (祇王寺) -- Copyright 2011 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Up
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Afternoon Constitutional -- Arashiyama (嵐山) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2011 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Afternoon Constitutional
Isolated Temple across the river ( here ), as seen from an observation platform partway up the mountain -- Arashiyama (嵐山) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2011 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Isolated Temple
across the river (here), as seen from an observation platform partway up the mountain
Upstream from Arashiyama -- Arashiyama (嵐山) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2011 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Upstream from Arashiyama
Heading Back -- Arashiyama (嵐山) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2011 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Heading Back
Bumpy Curve rocky steps were difficult with the small bike -- Arashiyama (嵐山) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2011 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Bumpy Curve
rocky steps were difficult with the small bike
Back at the River -- Arashiyama (嵐山) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2011 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Back at the River
Back at the Bridge -- Arashiyama (嵐山) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2011 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Back at the Bridge
Checking Out the Wild Life -- Arashiyama (嵐山) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2011 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Checking Out the Wild Life

A bird had just plucked a fish from a small waterfall, similar to this.

Just a Nice Pic -- Arashiyama (嵐山) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2011 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 24mm f/1.4 — 1/8000 sec, f/1.4, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Just a Nice Pic

All 6 comments so far, oldest first...

Image of Mike B receding away in “On The Move Again” is simply lovely (and causes pain due to unrelated personal reasons).

— comment by parv on September 21st, 2011 at 8:29pm JST (6 years, 3 months ago) comment permalink

Hi! I’m writing from Italy, your pics from Japan makes me dream… I’ve always got your dsktop on my monitors at the office. Thanks for them!
Michela

— comment by Michela on September 22nd, 2011 at 5:27pm JST (6 years, 3 months ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeffrey,
Gorgeous photos as usual. The one of the isolated temple on a hillside is particularly spectacular! Could you be more specific as to the observation point from which you shot this? I might get lucky and get to Kyoto this November.
Oukini

I went ahead and added a link to the location in the caption. —Jeffrey

— comment by Marylis on October 3rd, 2011 at 11:21am JST (6 years, 2 months ago) comment permalink

You have some really stunning photos here. I’m even more impressed given that you took some of them while riding a bicycle. Now that’s talent!

Now if I could only chew gum at the same time… 🙂 —Jeffrey

— comment by David K. on October 4th, 2011 at 11:51pm JST (6 years, 2 months ago) comment permalink

Nice Photos… I like how the photos showing how you enjoy the trip… Great Job…

— comment by Kew on August 16th, 2012 at 10:53pm JST (5 years, 4 months ago) comment permalink

“Crop and Farmhouse”: actually it’s not a farmhouse, it’s the Rakushisha, former house of a disciple of the poet Basho. Very small, but there’s a few good shots to be made there…

— comment by Damien on December 22nd, 2012 at 12:32am JST (5 years ago) comment permalink
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