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In the Garden

This is not my garden of course, but there are some nice flowers around as I took a look at one of the university gardens study areas.

Kitano Tenmangu

Kitano Tenmangu is well known as a shrine dedicated to Sugawara Michizane, a scholar and politician who was exiled unfairly by his political rivals many years ago. He is associated with Tenjin, the god of literature or calligraphy and many…

Autumn Leaves on the Kamogawa

Autumn is always a nice time of the year for taking photos. Great colors, cooler weather. Lots of action. I have had a cold recently and so haven't been too adventurous with my choice of landscape or camera. Here are some everyday…

Jidai Matsuri

The Jidai Matsuri event is taking place again right now in Kyoto. The weather seems to have dipped a bit and is providing some rain today. Not too bad but a lot of umbrellas were on show. Always nice to see these…

City Hall Robots

Looks what's hanging out near City Hall I got a tip from @taro3yen about this after I posted it on Twitter @shibuya246 The Torayan baby-bot returns to Kyoto City Hall after a triumphant galactic tour! http://t.co/1OU3DC5hYX…

Photography in Japan 1853-1912

I was asked recently whether I would like to introduce a book detailing the history of Japanese photography from the period 1853-1912. The book is a recent publication by Tuttle Publishing which gives quite an in depth and amazing look into…

Summertime in Kyoto

Walking down the banks of the Kamogawa in summer is always a nice way to cool down. Sitting up on the wooden decks with a cool drink in your hand is another good way.

Kurashiki

Kurashiki in Okayama-ken was developed as a river port in the 1920's. It is famous for the Ohara Museum of Art (the first Western art gallery in Japan), the Ohara Spinning Mill and its plentiful old buildings which still remain in the area.

Zazen Meditation at Myoshinji

Myoshinji Temple is in the Hanazono quarter in Kyoto. It is a wonderful complex of temples where you can enjoy strolling through the old pathways and imagine you are back in time. A number of the temples have gardens open for public display…

Kyoto After Typhoon

The recent typhoon that is passing over Japan caused the Kamogawa River in Kyoto to overflow slightly during the night. I took these photos in the morning after. The river is still flowing fast and is over its banks but it doesn't look to…

Kyoto Summer Sunset

As the sun sets to the west in Kyoto another summers day comes to an end. A little bit more of a cooler breeze out tonight. Thinking of some cooler days coming soon

Daimonji Gozan Okuribi Bonfires

On August 16th each year the traditional Gozan no Okuribi 五山送り火 bonfires are lit on the mountain side around Kyoto. This is part of the obon festival. There are five bonfires in total. I managed to capture a few of them this year.…