Archive for the 'Temples and Shrines' Category

Posts about various temples and shrines

A Peek at Not-Yet-Peak Autumn Colors in Japan, To Pique Your Interest

One reason that I don't blog so much these days is that when I do go out with the camera, the places I visit are so overwhelmingly beautiful that I get choice paralysis in deciding what to work on, and what to write about. I start to work on one set of photos, only to get drawn into a hundred side channels for things I want to share, and in the end I share nothing because nothing finds its way all the way to a blog post.

So with the intent to fight agsinst that, I set out this morning [...]


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Kyoto’s 2018 Fall Foliage Season is Upon Us

The fall colors starting to descend upon Kyoto has woken me up, at least momentarily, from an almost-two-month blogging slumber. Friends Paul and Olesia are visiting, Paul for the 100th time, Olesia for the first, so we took her up to the Ohara area of Kyoto, in the north-eastern mountains, for the first taste of autumn colors.

Walking up from the parking area toward the temples, the path is lined with tasteful shops. Here's a little kiosk selling only autumn-color handkerchiefs:

On the way in, we stopped by a shop that gave taste samples of their various dressings and ponzu. [...]


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Nghia and Minh in Kyoto, Part 3

I'm very surprised to find that I prepared this article last year but didn't actually post it. It's the final followup to "Minh and Nghia Photoshoot Preview", its Part 2, and wigglegram.

We'd left off while at the Murin'an gardens, so we'll continue with a few more shots from there...

A photoshoot at the Nanzen Temple must include a visit to the old (but still functioning) aquaduct.

After this shot, I bade them farewell, and they continued on with their Kyoto sightseeing.


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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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