Archive for the 'Temples and Shrines' Category

Posts about various temples and shrines

Cherry Blossoms are Quite Early in Kyoto This Year

Cherry are blossoming quite a bit early in Kyoto this year. I had a shopping errand to do, so I took the long way to check out a few cherry-blossom spots around town. Unlike a similar outing last year, this year I had only a small little camera with me, so the photos aren't too exciting, but they perhaps give a sense for some of the places. Many were at full bloom already.

Each photo has a map link under it.

I swung by the Kyoto Imperial Palace Park (京都御所公園), which has some nice blossom areas in its northwest, and [...]


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Curiosities and Discoveries While Searching for the Eisho-in Temple

The fall-foliage season is mostly over in Kyoto. During this season I re-discovered and explored some wonderful areas within walking distance from my house.

It started when a friend suggested that I visit a temple nearby, sending a map link, so I headed off towards it.

The map link brought me to one of the entrances to a big graveyard behind the Konkaikomyou-ji Temple, an area with a lot of visual richness. I went in to explore.

Despite the English word "gravestone", there are no bodies buried here, just little fragments of bone in a cavity under the stone, as [...]


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What I’m Sure Won’t Be My Last Wigglegram from the Eisho-in Temple

I popped out early this morning to visit the Eisho-in temple (栄摂院、京都市), first seen on my blog a week ago in "A Few Views of Kyoto’s Spectacular Eisho-in Temple". It really does pack a visual punch for such a small place, and I had it completely to myself the whole time I was there.

Continued here...


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Lovely View from the Konkaikomyou-ji Temple’s Cemetary

I had a lovely walk today, with Paul and Akiko, who's in town taking a break from crazy international travels as a professional photographer. I put up a few photos at Strava until I can do a proper blog post.

One bummer from the day is that my camera came unscrewed from its strap, as I apparently didn't tighten it well enough. I first noticed the problem when I saw my Nikon D4 bouncing one way, and the bulk of a $1,000 Cosina Voigtländer Macro APO-Lanthar 125mm F2.5 SL bouncing another way. Oops.

The impact was taken by three screws [...]


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A Few Views of Kyoto’s Spectacular Eisho-in Temple, and More

I went on short photo walks yesterday afternoon and this morning, at a cluster of temples near my place. It was quit pretty. I'd never been to the small Eisho-in Temple, and went yesterday on the recommendation of Tal (seen on this post) and found it to be exquisite at the height of fall colors.

I went back this morning with Damien, and we had the place all to ourselves.

I'll write more about it all later, but for today just a few representative from both days' ramblings. (You can see the paths I walked on Strava, here and here.)

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