“Memoirs of a tourist”

Kyoto, Japan. October – November 2018. (12 photos)

This is part 6 of my Japan 2018 photo series.

In the background of the photo above you may be able to glimpse some people standing on the Tatsumi bridge over the small Shirakawa canal which crosses the geisha district of Gion, one of the best known places in Kyoto. People seem to flock here since the bridge features in the story of “Memoirs of a Geisha”.

I thought I’d continue with some photos from my random wanderings in Kyoto.

“Back at the Yasaka Koshindo Temple”

This temple really attracts the kimono brigade looking to take selfies here.

“Morning Bokeh”

Tenryu-ji is a world heritage listed temple in Kyoto’s Arashiyama district. Tenryu-ji was built in 1339 by the ruling shogun Ashikaga Takauji. The gardens survive today still in their original form.

“View to Hokan-ji”

For those of you familiar with Kyoto, yes I was out and about before most tourists had had breakfast to get this and the next photo.

“Down the Sannenzaka”

“The Jizo family”

A family of Jizo statues in Arashiyama.

“Bamboo grove at Kodai-ji”

“Jizo clan at Kiyomizu-dera”

“On the Tatsumi bridge looking down the Shirakawa canal”

“Rise of the phoenix”

Byodo-in is a Buddhist temple in the city of Uji in Kyoto Prefecture. This temple was originally built in 998 in the Heian period as a rural villa of high-ranking courtier Minamoto no Shigenobu. After he died, the villa was made into a Buddhist temple by Fujiwara no Yorimichi in 1052. The most famous building in the temple is the Phoenix Hall (above), constructed in 1053. It is the only remaining original building, surrounded by a scenic pond.

“Nightfall at Hokan-ji”

Once again, after the tourist hordes had dissipated.

“Night illuminations at To-ji”

In autumn, several of the temples in Kyoto are illuminated at night.

This is part 6 of my Japan 2018 photo series.

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60 thoughts on “Kyoto Zen (3)

  1. Heide says:

    I loved your “kimono brigade” shot at the Yasaka Koshindo Temple, Mr. Draco β€” the kimonos are so ostentatiously colorful, which I wouldn’t have expected at a temple. Just as I loved all of your other images of the more quiet and contemplative zen moments one would expect in Kyoto. That bamboo grove especially made me want to walk into the scene. Beautiful work!

    • In the background you can appreciate how colourful the Yasaka Koshindo Temple is. I think it’s a magnet to those girls in just as colourful kimonos. Despite that, Kyoto oozes zen and I’m contemplating a return there sooner or later to see more of the city.
      The bamboo grove was a delight, even illuminated at night when I returned. It had a completely ethereal atmosphere to it.Thank you so much, as always.

  2. “This temple really attacks the kimono brigade looking to take selfies here.”
    Wow! That’s one aggressive temple! πŸ˜€
    Love the ‘Morning Glory’ image. I know it could be anywhere in the world, but the Bokeh is fabulous and that IS a Japanese word πŸ™‚

  3. Wonderful images of this area. We loved walking around Gion with its classic, historic feel. Terrific shot of the geishas…it’s the same spot I found a wealth of β€œtourist geishas”. Such fun to see again. And your early morning street photos are beautiful.

  4. At last a place that I visited. It was so long ago that it feels like a life time ago but in reality just eighteen years ago.
    Beautiful photos. Brings back some old memories.

  5. These are glorious. I love the colours, compositions and lighting. Is Japan really so clean? I think my faves are the views of Hokan-ji, but they all make me want to go there.

    • Clean? Yes, which is strange given it is very hard to fine a public rubbish bin. However, if you buy food from a street vendor, they will accept the leftover rubbish back. The Japanese also have a custom of taking their rubbish home. A local even told me that in primary schools, the children do much of the cleaning.
      Thank you. Kyoto has a serene charm about it.

  6. There is a calmness and a natural silence about your pictures. Avoiding tourists is essential if I am going to feel good about a place. With too many tourists, I can not feel the soul of the place, it becomes invisible to me. I really would love to go…

  7. J.D. Riso says:

    It’s definitely worth the effort to go out before/after the usual tourist hours. How peaceful. The night time illumination is particularly mesmerizing.

  8. olivia.els says:

    These photos are so captivating – as a young teen looking to take photography courses in my life, I admire these so much… I love the sense of peace that some bring to me, and the flower has to be my favorite, it’s perfect.

    • Just a few chats every now and then, in limited broken Japanese (with the aid of google translate). LOL πŸ™‚
      I guess there is the tendency to take what you have for granted, but I’m sure they know how beautiful Kyoto is.

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