A Few Cold/Blustery/Rainy Cherry-Blossom Pics from Southern Kyoto
Canopy of Blossoms near the Nagaoka Tenmangu Shrine (長岡天満宮) Nagaokakyo city, southern Kyoto, Japan -- Nagaoka Tenmangu Shrine (長岡天満宮) -- Nagaokakyo, 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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Canopy of Blossoms
near the Nagaoka Tenmangu Shrine (長岡天満宮)
Nagaokakyo city, southern Kyoto, Japan

Fumie had a ballet performance this weekend down in Nagaokakyo City, and I had some hours to kill after dropping her off for the pre-performance rehearsal, so I met up with some friends to visit some local sites with the camera.

この間の日曜日、長岡京市の桜を見に行きました。雨と風の間にちょっぴり撮影できました。

The weather was unpleasant (cold, rainy, and windy), but there was a brief respite just as I was arriving.

desktop background image of a cherry-blossom scene near the Nagaokatenmangu Shrine (長岡天満宮) Nagaokakyo City, Kyoto Prefecture, Japan. -- Lakefront Lane immediately parallel to the “ canopy ” lane seen in the first photo -- Nagaoka Tenmangu Shrine (長岡天満宮) -- Nagaokakyo, 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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Lakefront Lane
immediately parallel to the canopy lane seen in the first photo
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desktop background image of a cherry-blossom scene near the Nagaokatenmangu Shrine (長岡天満宮) Nagaokakyo City, Kyoto Prefecture, Japan. -- Nice Pink Tinge -- Nagaoka Tenmangu Shrine (長岡天満宮) -- Nagaokakyo, 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 Pink Tinge
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Morning Stretch -- Nagaoka Tenmangu Shrine (長岡天満宮) -- Nagaokakyo, 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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Morning Stretch
Feeding the Birds -- Nagaoka Tenmangu Shrine (長岡天満宮) -- Nagaokakyo, 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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Feeding the Birds

The little lake between the road and the shrine has a series of boardwalks on it, and it seems that they were all recently rebuilt with bare wood....

Bare Wood -- Nagaoka Tenmangu Shrine (長岡天満宮) -- Nagaokakyo, 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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Bare Wood

I'd think it'd look better with some nice stain, but perhaps they'll let nature do that over time. For reference, here's what it looked like a year and a half ago:

Sep 2012 18ヶ月前、再工事の前 -- 長岡天満宮 -- Nagaokakyo, 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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Sep 2012
18ヶ月前、再工事の前

It was cold and the rain was increasing, so didn't spend much time around the actual shrine complex. But for reference, this is the location where I shot Cute Little Melodrama in Five Photos a couple of years ago.

We took a couple of hours for a long early lunch to escape the weather, during which the rain mostly stopped, so we headed into the mountains for 15 minutes to check out the Yokokuji Temple (楊谷寺) that we'd seen on the map.

Impressive Kura (Fireproof Storage Building) Yokokuji Temple (楊谷寺) -- Yokokuji Temple (楊谷寺) -- Nagaokakyo, 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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Impressive Kura (Fireproof Storage Building)
Yokokuji Temple (楊谷寺)
Typical Country Temple Scene behind the main building on a path leading up the mountain -- Yokokuji Temple (楊谷寺) -- Nagaokakyo, 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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Typical Country Temple Scene
behind the main building on a path leading up the mountain

This temple doesn't have a lot of cherry trees, so it wasn't the prime time for its foliage. I suspect it'd be wonderful in the summer and awesome in the fall. But I liked it nevertheless due to its simple authenticity. It exists to serve the locals, and as such is not a tourist destination. In fact, we were the only people there.

Dragon-Spout Detail I presume water comes from his mouth at times -- Yokokuji Temple (楊谷寺) -- Nagaokakyo, 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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Dragon-Spout Detail
I presume water comes from his mouth at times

There were two paths up the mountain to a sub temple, one of which was a set of covered stairs. We took that path down.

About to Head Down -- Yokokuji Temple (楊谷寺) -- Nagaokakyo, 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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About to Head Down
First Leg Down -- Yokokuji Temple (楊谷寺) -- Nagaokakyo, 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 Leg Down
From Inside -- Yokokuji Temple (楊谷寺) -- Nagaokakyo, 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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From Inside
Cascading Down -- Yokokuji Temple (楊谷寺) -- Nagaokakyo, 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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Cascading Down
Nearing the Bottom -- Yokokuji Temple (楊谷寺) -- Nagaokakyo, 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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Nearing the Bottom
Back Garden of the main temple ( not pretty now, but should be wonderful in summer ) -- Yokokuji Temple (楊谷寺) -- Nagaokakyo, 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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Back Garden
of the main temple
( not pretty now, but should be wonderful in summer )
Another Steep Walkway coming from the building in the background -- Yokokuji Temple (楊谷寺) -- Nagaokakyo, 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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Another Steep Walkway
coming from the building in the background

We eventually returned to the cherry blossoms of the first place we were at, and although the rain had stopped, the wind had picked up considerably to frozen gusts that sliced right through you, so I didn't use the camera again, and was happy when I could retreat to the comfort of the concert hall and Fumie's performance in The Nutcracker.


All 4 comments so far, oldest first...

Another batch of wonderful photos! Many thanks for your constant efforts to share the beauty of life with us.

— comment by Arthur Brigham on April 14th, 2014 at 7:14am JST (3 years, 6 months ago) comment permalink

These photographs are very good, I love the feel of them (if that makes sense). I have never been to Japan, but you do a great job conveying the culture and beauty of the place where you took them. Keep up the good work!

— comment by Charles R on April 15th, 2014 at 9:49pm JST (3 years, 6 months ago) comment permalink

Beautiful photographs!

— comment by Asher on April 19th, 2014 at 12:15am JST (3 years, 6 months ago) comment permalink

these pictures are great, and the cherry can be seen everywhere at this time of year in Beijing which attracts a great amount of visitors.

— comment by pirlo on April 20th, 2014 at 12:33pm JST (3 years, 6 months ago) comment permalink
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