A Day with Sergey Kolychev in Kyoto
Sergey Kolychev at the Heian Shrine (平安神宮) Kyoto Japan, Nov 2013 -- Heian Shrine (平安神宮) -- Copyright 2013 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Sergey Kolychev
at the Heian Shrine (平安神宮)
Kyoto Japan, Nov 2013

I'm finally getting around to photos from last November, when old Yahoo co-worker Sergey Kolychev paid me a visit. (He's not old, our co-worker status is).

In the intervening three years since his prior visit he'd become fluent in Japanese to the point that he can read novels, which just blows my mind. Japanese is at least his fourth language (after Ukrainian, Russian, and English), so maybe they get easier as they stack up.

We packed quite a bit into one day. We started out with a visit to the Heian Shrine...

Heian Shrine (平安神宮) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2013 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Heian Shrine (平安神宮) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2013 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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We then popped over to the Nanzen Temple...

Nanzen Temple (南禅寺) -- Nanzen Temple (南禅寺) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2013 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Nanzen Temple (南禅寺)
Sergey and a Big Rock -- Nanzen Temple (南禅寺) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2013 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Sergey and a Big Rock

We somehow found a little hiking trail back beyond the Eikando Temple, which provided a nice view of the city through the trees...

Sort-Of View of Kyoto -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2013 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Sort-Of View
of Kyoto
Memorial Plaque and a three-legged crow -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2013 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Memorial Plaque
and a three-legged crow

People often put up little wooden plaques as a memorial of their hiking trip, such as the bigger board above placed by a group of 13 people ranging from 79 years old down to five months old. I wouldn't have paid the crow a second thought, but Sergey noticed that it was a three-legged crow, which is apparently a thing. You learn something new every day.

When then moved north to the Hounen-in Temple (法然院), which has appeared on my blog of late here, here, and here.

The thin depth of field in this next shot makes it looks a bit unreal...

Entrance Gate Hounen-in Temple (法然院) -- Hounen-in Temple (法然院) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2013 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Entrance Gate
Hounen-in Temple (法然院)

This next shot, of Sergey standing under the gate, looks a bit unreal because I made a mistake and severely underexposed it, so had to employ HDR-like post processing to recover a usable image...

Hounen-in Temple (法然院) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2013 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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I sort of tried to replicate this old point-n-shoot shot that has for some reason always stuck in my mind...

desktop background image of the water basin at the Hounen-in Temple (法然院), Kyoto Japan -- Hounen-in Temple (法然院) -- Copyright 2013 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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We moved north to the Silver Pavilion and its famous sand sculptures, which I posted about the other day. Here's one more shot of the lush moss there...

desktop background image of lush moss at the Ginkakuji Temple (銀閣寺), Kyoto Japan -- Lush Moss at the Ginkakuji Temple (銀閣寺) -- Ginkakuji Temple (銀閣寺) -- Copyright 2013 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Lush Moss
at the Ginkakuji Temple (銀閣寺)
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Growing boys must be nourished, so we repaired over to a tea cafe for choux à la crème...

Shoe Cream at Kitayama Kouchakan (北山紅茶館) (The Japanese word for this kind of cream puff is 「シュークリーム」 which sounds like the English “ shoe cream ” ) -- Kitayamakouchakan 北山紅茶館 -- Japan -- Copyright 2013 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Shoe Cream
at Kitayama Kouchakan (北山紅茶館)
(The Japanese word for this kind of cream puff is 「シュークリーム」 which sounds like the English shoe cream)

I opted for coffee, but Sergey is a connoisseur of fine tea, as Fumie can be sometimes, so I've been to this shop many times.

Sergey mentioned some knee pain that had been bothering him for a long time, so I brought him to the best masseur in Kyoto, Kentaro Kataoka. Sergey had never had a real massage before, so it was quite an experience.

Working the Calf 片岡健太郎の治療院 -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2013 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Working the Calf
片岡健太郎の治療院

I've had many massages in America, but after having had massages in Japan, I'd never classify what I had in America as a real massage. They're more like shove some skin around a bit and hope it relaxes you sessions. These in Japan are closer to physical therapy. In a blog post about Japanese massage a couple of years ago, I described this masseur's technique as a ferocious pinpoint attack like his fingertips are tactical weapons trying to massage the muscle from the inside out. It can be very effective, but painful at the time.

Controlled Stretch -- 片岡健太郎の治療院 -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2013 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Controlled Stretch
The Eyes Say It All first acupuncture experience -- 片岡健太郎の治療院 -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2013 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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The Eyes Say It All
first acupuncture experience
Now in the Arm -- 片岡健太郎の治療院 -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2013 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Now in the Arm

(I describe my hit-n-miss experiences with acupuncture here.)

Sergey thought the whole experience was great, so I'm glad that Kataoka-sensei was able to work us in at short notice. He'd been out for his daily jog when I called, and kindly cut it short just for us.

This was at a temporary location at the time, but since then he's opened a permanent shop near Teramachi Nijo. Highly recommend.

Anyway, newly refreshed, we popped over to the Chion'in Temple (知恩院) to see its big main gate...

Chion'in Temple (知恩院) -- Chion'in Temple (知恩院) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2013 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Chion'in Temple (知恩院)

A shot from this visit appeared in a post half a year ago, on Huge Main Gate of Kyoto’s Chion’in Temple.

We then moved to the famous Kiyomizu Temple (清水寺)....

Kiyomizu Temple (清水寺) -- Kiyomizu Temple (清水寺) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2013 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Kiyomizu Temple (清水寺)
Kiyomizu Temple (清水寺) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2013 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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The late-afternoon light was rich.

desktop background image of a view from the Kiyomizu Temple (清水寺), Kyoto Japan -- Looking Back to the Entrance Gate of the Kiyomizu Temple (清水寺) -- Kiyomizu Temple (清水寺) -- Copyright 2013 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Looking Back to the Entrance Gate
of the Kiyomizu Temple (清水寺)
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This World Heritage Site temple is perhaps most well known for its big balcony...

Kiyomizu Temple (清水寺) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2013 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Better shots of it, from years past, appear here, and here, and here.

But it's best of all with a friendly face...

Kiyomizu Temple (清水寺) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2013 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Late-Afternoon Light at the Kiyomizu Temple -- Kiyomizu Temple (清水寺) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2013 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Late-Afternoon Light
at the Kiyomizu Temple

One comment so far...

Nice series of images. I particularly like the ones with “late afternoon light”.

— comment by Tom in SF on August 30th, 2014 at 12:06am JST (3 years ago) comment permalink
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