Archive for the 'Japan' Category

Posts relating to Japan and things Japanese

First Taste of Kyoto’s Fall-Foliage Season, 2017 Edition

I went out for a short photo jaunt with Damien, Paul, and Adrian yesterday to check out some of the fall color in the mountains of northwest Kyoto.

First we went through the rural Kumagahata area that was hard hit by a typhoon last month...

The road surface is back to normal; compare to this typical scene just after the typhoon.

I ride my bicycle on this road often (it's part of the Kyoto Heart Loop, for example) but had never noticed this weird bit of brick construction. At first I thought it might be the leftover foundation of some [...]

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Because It’s There: a 400km Ride Around and Around Lake Biwa

In Japanese, bicycling a full loop around Lake Biwa, Japan's largest lake, is called 「ビワ1」("Biwa 1"), and depending on the route you take, is about 180~200km (112~124mi). It's a concept and phrase well known among cyclists, and even promoted by the Shiga Prefectural government, and that of various cities around the lake.

It's a lovely ride to do on a long summer day, with lots to see and enjoy, as I present in the story about the first time I did it 2½ years ago, in "Bicycle Ride Around Japan’s Largest Lake" (and its Part 2).

Part of what [...]

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2017’s Typhoon #21 (Lan) was Quite the Doozy for Kyoto

This past weekend Typhoon #21 of the season ("Lan") blew past, and it was quite the different experience from most. (It was the 21st typhoon in the western Pacific this year, but only the second or third to have much effect on Kyoto.)

It looked like it would make its closest approach to Kyoto late in the evening, so the day leading up to it was blustery and rainy. I find it fun to ride in weather like that, so just as I did a ride in the lead-up to a typhoon in August, I went out for a bicycle [...]

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An Enkoji-Temple Fall-Foliage Preview


It's gotten suddenly chilly here in Kyoto, Japan, reminding me that the fall-foliage season is approaching. So just as with last year's "Looking Ahead To Fall with a few Shots from Last Season" post, this post is to help get me in the mood. All the photos on this post are from the same mid-November 2015 visit to the Enkoji Temple (圓光寺) in northeast Kyoto.

This temple has been featured on my blog many times, so the "nearby photos" link under any photo brings you to other posts from the temple.

The whimsical statue seen at the top of [...]

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Minh and Nghia Wigglegram at the Murin’an Garden

Here's a wigglegram of Minh and Nghia at the Murin'an Garden in Kyoto. The last photo of "Nghia and Minh in Kyoto, Part 2" is actually part of this wigglegram.

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