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Temple Hopping with Katrin: Kiyomizu Temple and its Environs
Me and Katrin photo by Paul Barr -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2013 Paul Barr
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Me and Katrin
photo by Paul Barr

Following up on “Temple Hopping in Kyoto with Katrin Philippar” from the other day, I left off as we entered the Kiyomizu Temple.

Photogenic sights abounded, but it was really crowded.

Photo Op? Kiyomizu Temple (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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Photo Op?
Kiyomizu Temple (清水寺)

The lady in Kimono stood there for the longest time (multiple minutes), waiting for an opportunity for a nice shot for her photographer at the bottom of the stairs. Few people bothered to give her a wide berth, and I suppose that's understandable because it was crowded and the steps were for everyone, but the lady in black right next to her in the shot above seemed in particular determined to spoil any good shot, because she hovered in the immediate vicinity not just for a while, but for the entire time the girl stood there.

Wow, Almost Clear -- 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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Wow, Almost Clear
Nope, She's Back -- 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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Nope, She's Back

I eventually stopped paying attention, but later noticed them at the top of the steps when I was up there as well...

Better Backdrop -- 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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Better Backdrop

And later they moved to an unused set of stairs nearby...

Room to Breathe -- 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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Room to Breathe

At one point you come across a long set of stairs down, a favorite spot of mine to get people pictures...

Kids Being Kids some Boy Scouts jaunt down the steps -- 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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Kids Being Kids
some Boy Scouts jaunt down the steps
Well-Dressed Couple -- 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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Well-Dressed Couple
More Kimono -- 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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More Kimono

Here's Anthony on these stairs six years ago, and a view looking up from halfway down.

It was very hazy, but Kyoto Tower still showed up in the background...

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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Wider Shot with most trees still devoid of blossoms -- 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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Wider Shot
with most trees still devoid of blossoms
desktop background image of crowds at the Kiyomizu Temple (清水寺) enjoying the sweeping view of Kyoto -- Kiyomizu Temple (清水寺) it was quite crowded, but still in the realm of “pleasant” -- 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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Kiyomizu Temple (清水寺)
it was quite crowded, but still in the realm of “pleasant”
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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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A nice atmosphere of fun and enjoyment can make up for otherwise-oppressive crowds. I saw it originally in “Cherry-Blossom Joie de Vivre in Kyoto” and many times since, including yesterday at Gosho. But it doesn't necessarily show up in photos, so something like this next shot is perhaps only cringe worthy...

Self Shot -- 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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Self Shot

The blossoms hadn't yet really started there yet:

Forest of Bare Twigs -- 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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Forest of Bare Twigs

I'm lacking a photo for context, but next to where I took the shot above was a wall with the most delicate little flowers. Each flower was little larger than the head of a pin....

desktop background image of delicate little white flowers -- 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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After taking the winding path down to where the long stairway had descended to, we came across the Boy Scouts at the otowa no taki...

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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I write a bit about what they're doing here.

Wall -- 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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Wall

This looks like a path, but it's actually the sloped wall of a huge embankment, with folks leaning over a railing just out of frame to the top. I'm not sure what I was expecting when I took it, but the results are a bit disappointing.

Dandy -- 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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Dandy

I ended up using his camera to snap a shot of him and his lady. Sharp dressed and a gentleman to boot. I would have liked the chance to have a beer with him (but I suspect he drinks whiskey).

Leaving the temple grounds, the surrounding streets were packed well past the “pleasant” stage...

Ugh Near the Kiyomizu Temple (清水寺 の 周辺) -- Near the Kiyomizu Temple (清水寺の周辺) -- 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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Ugh
Near the Kiyomizu Temple (清水寺周辺)

We escaped from the crowds down the pleasant alleyway that leads to the great restaurant that I wrote about last year in “Delicious Yuba Lunch at Junsei”....

Yuba In Progress at the Kiyomizu “Junsei” Restaurant (順正清水店) -- Kiyomizu “Junsei” Restaurant (順正清水店) -- 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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Yuba In Progress
at the Kiyomizu “Junsei” Restaurant (順正清水店)

The yuba lunch set at Junsei is a great value... for ¥2,150 you get a wide variety of little foods, all very Japanese, and the fun experience of combining it with yuba that forms in front of your eyes. Katrin, in her first trip to Japan, enjoyed every aspect of it, as do I every time I go there.

After lunch we dove back into the crowds...

Impossible to get a good photo here -- Near the Kiyomizu Temple (清水寺の周辺) -- 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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Impossible
to get a good photo here
Trying Anyway -- Near the Kiyomizu Temple (清水寺の周辺) -- 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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Trying Anyway

Of course, when I complain about the crowds, the old billboard text comes to mind: “You're not stuck in traffic. You are traffic.” :-) In these cases, I try to turn the crowds to my advantage by snapping interesting(?) pictures of them.

As always, you can see other shots from the same area that have appeared on my blog over the years via the “nearby photos” link under each picture. There are plenty from this area.

Shopping for Knickknacks -- Near the Kiyomizu Temple (清水寺の周辺) -- 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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Shopping for Knickknacks
Follow the Kitty tour guide using some kind of blow-up Hello Kitty as a follow -me flag -- Near the Kiyomizu Temple (清水寺の周辺) -- 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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Follow the Kitty
tour guide using some kind of blow-up Hello Kitty as a follow-me flag

It's in this mess of people that the lovely ladies in “Impromptu Kimono Photo Shoot Near the Kiyomizu Temple” found a wonderful background for their shots.

Somewhere in the small streets as we got further from the bedlam, we came across a display of art that clearly took skill to produce, but as with all art, beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and in the eye of this beholder (me), this art was hideous beyond words.

Public Display of what is apparently an acquired taste -- Near the Kiyomizu Temple (清水寺の周辺) -- 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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Public Display
of what is apparently an acquired taste

I found the gall of this note to be amusing:

Cheeky Gall good luck with that -- Near the Kiyomizu Temple (清水寺の周辺) -- 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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Cheeky Gall
good luck with that

Comments so far....

Yes what a person seems to be “Dandy”. And a great shot! I really like this photo. I feel the instant of the moment. A great Photo!!! I would like to have with him and you a beer, too. But Japan is to far from Argentina. ;)

— comment by Ralph on April 1st, 2013 at 1:42pm JST (1 year, 6 months ago) comment permalink

http://regex.info/i/JF4_023813.jpg (Wall) looks like a good texture to use in a Photoshop composite project. Tom in SF

— comment by Tom in SF on April 3rd, 2013 at 4:54am JST (1 year, 6 months ago) comment permalink
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