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Temple Hopping in Kyoto with Katrin Philippar
Dr. Katrin Philippar she knows her plant proteins and stuff -- Ootani Honbyo Temple (大谷本廟) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2013 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Dr. Katrin Philippar
she knows her plant proteins and stuff

In the 80s my folks hosted an exchange student from Germany. We've kept in touch since, and she stopped by Kyoto last weekend on her way to give a talk at a plant-biology conference in Okayama.

The pleasant walk along the Kamo river that I posted about yesterday was on my way meet Katrin for the day's outing. We'd arranged to meet in front of a clock on the south side of Kyoto Station....

Reasonable Hotel Reasonably Close to Kyoto Station -- Kyoto Station (京都駅) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2013 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/ (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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Reasonable Hotel
Reasonably Close to Kyoto Station

It's a popular time to be in Kyoto, so the hotel at the station is ridiculously priced (~US400/night!), so I was thrilled when Fumie found a much more reasonable option, the Daiwa Roynet Hotel Kyoto - Hachijoguchi. It's new, clean, and not even a five minutes stroll to the south... in the photo above, taken from Kyoto Station, it's the building to the right of center with large lettering running up and down. Recommended.

You can visit Kyoto for 10 years and not see everything, so it's a challenge to pick what to offer someone in town for just a couple of days, but she had a guide book and said she wanted to see the temple just north of the station, so off we headed. It's huge and famous, but I'd never visited.

Doing the “Ritual Cleansing” Thing at the Higashi Honganji Temple (東本願寺) Kyoto, Japan -- Higashi Honganji Temple ( 東本願寺 ) -- Copyright 2013 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Doing the “Ritual Cleansing” Thing
at the Higashi Honganji Temple (東本願寺)
Kyoto, Japan
Quiet Time -- Higashi Honganji Temple ( 東本願寺 ) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2013 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/ (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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Quiet Time
Big Bell 409 years old -- Higashi Honganji Temple ( 東本願寺 ) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2013 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/ (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
409 years old
Bell Detail -- Higashi Honganji Temple ( 東本願寺 ) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2013 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/ (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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Bell Detail

In an amazing coincidence, Katrin ran into a colleague from another institution, who happened to be in Japan, but not for the conference Katrin was attending. I think they chatted about enzyme transports or something.

Anyway, the Higashi Honganji Temple, though huge and venerable, lacks any sense of nature and feels quite sterile, so we (Paul Barr was with us) took her to a more visually appealing spot, the Kiyomizu Temple. It's crowded and touristy, but for good reason, it's nice.

But instead of going there directly, I thought we walk through the huge cemetery on one side of the hill leading up to it, a cemetery that I've seen many times from a nearby overpass, but had never been to.

We arrived at the entrance I've driven past so many times...

Entrance from the Street the Ootani Honbyo Temple (大谷本廟) (also known as the Nishi Otani Temple, 西大谷) from the corner of Gojo and Higashioji Streets -- Ootani Honbyo Temple (大谷本廟) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2013 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/ (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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Entrance from the Street
the Ootani Honbyo Temple (大谷本廟)
(also known as the Nishi Otani Temple, 西大谷)
from the corner of Gojo and Higashioji Streets

This relatively little temple is in front of the huge cemetery...

Ootani Honbyo Temple, AKA Nishi Otani Temple (大谷本廟, 西大谷) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2013 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/ (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 Cemetery dating back about 900 years -- Ootani Honbyo Temple, AKA Nishi Otani Temple (大谷本廟, 西大谷) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2013 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Big Cemetery
dating back about 900 years
Ootani Honbyo Temple, AKA Nishi Otani Temple (大谷本廟, 西大谷) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2013 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Ootani Honbyo Temple, AKA Nishi Otani Temple (大谷本廟, 西大谷) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2013 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Mottled -- Ootani Honbyo Temple, AKA Nishi Otani Temple (大谷本廟, 西大谷) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2013 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/ (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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Mottled

A the time the color of this stone really struck me as being interesting, but it seems much less so now, even though I've got the color as accurate as reasonably possible...

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Paying Respects one person among a field of graves -- Ootani Honbyo Temple, AKA Nishi Otani Temple (大谷本廟, 西大谷) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2013 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/ (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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Paying Respects
one person among a field of graves
Ootani Honbyo Temple, AKA Nishi Otani Temple (大谷本廟, 西大谷) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2013 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/ (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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Crow it's difficult to see the crow perched atop the highest monument, but he's there -- Ootani Honbyo Temple, AKA Nishi Otani Temple (大谷本廟, 西大谷) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2013 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/ (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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Crow
it's difficult to see the crow perched atop the highest monument, but he's there
Stairs to Kiyomizu 清水寺 -- Kiyomizu Temple (清水寺) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2013 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/ (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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Stairs to Kiyomizu
清水寺

The graveyard leads up the hill toward the Kiyomizu Temple, so I always thought that it was the graveyard associated with that temple, but it seems that they're unrelated. It's actually the graveyard for the Higashi Honganji Temple that we'd been to earlier, two kilometers away.

The graveyard was as deserted as, well, a graveyard, but things changed considerably once we got near the World Heritage Kiyomizu Temple, but I'll save that for another post.

Continued here...


Comments so far....

I really like the BW shot. Not a common perspective and great composition/contrast. <3

— comment by Damien on March 27th, 2013 at 7:47pm JST (1 year ago) comment permalink

From Brookville, Ohio, USA
I never made it to Kyoto. I did get to Kamakura but only learned that you could go around to the back of the Buddha and walk inside. I saw that on television just a few years ago on the Discovery Channel. I must has assumed it was solid when I was there but it is only sheets of bronze held together by iron straps similar to the Statue of Liberty. Have you been inside of the Great Buddha?

No, I’ve never been to Kamakura (but I know what to look for if I ever go). —Jeffrey

— comment by Abraham Lincoln on March 27th, 2013 at 9:03pm JST (1 year ago) comment permalink

Hello Jeffrey,

I’m really enjoying PAYING RESPECTS part 2 (B&W pic.) I think you may want to visit that shot again. I just noticed that the tombstones look awfully reminiscent of the city buildings behind them. You may want to explore just the right angle to really juxtapose those two items. They look eerily similar in the B&W photo. That would make for a really nice artistic shot.

By the way, in your recent post about visiting Ohio you took family photos and mentioned an ‘intervalometer’. I just recently purchased a wireless model from a company called Vello. (Google: Vello Wireless ShutterBoss Timer Remote) Its surprisingly helpful for taking self portraits. I was able to set the timer and then have my camera take maybe 10-20 shots in a row… in a similar fashion to what we all used to do in those mall photo booths. All while being 20-30 feet away from the camera.

Now its just a matter of getting in good shape, honing a non-cheesy/frozen motif and I’m on my way to self-portrait gold. I remember your posts about exploring self portraits and thought that may be helpful in your pursuits. All the best.

— comment by Ron Evans on March 28th, 2013 at 7:04am JST (1 year ago) comment permalink

She was lucky to have such a knowledgable guide. I go to Kiyomizu nearly every week now, so I am getting to know the area well. Let’s meet up one day for lunch at the tofu restaurant there!

— comment by Arthur on March 30th, 2013 at 9:34am JST (1 year ago) comment permalink
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