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Getting Cold

It is getting cold out at the moment but Autumn is always a nice time to hit the streets and take a few photos. This is an old building in Kyoto that has a lot of charm about it. Nice restaurant on the 2nd floor as well.

Autumn City

The weather has been beautiful recently with blue skies and fresh air breezes. The leaves are just starting to turn orange and brown in patches along Oike Dori in Kyoto. I captured a few Autumn scenes of the city this morning while out.…

Kamogawa River Jumping

I showed a photo a few weeks back of a child jumping the stones on the Kamogawa River in the late evening. They say you can't teach an old dog new tricks, but this dog has been watching and got his chance to star today. Here is the…

City Contrasts

In a modern city it is always interesting to see how the older style architecture and culture is incorporated into new plans. Looking at this scene reminded me of just how difficult it is to accommodate a large population with limited…

Kamogawa Evening Walk

Heading North this evening from the City I walked up to KitaOji Bridge. The northern reaches of the Kamogawa river open up quite a bit and around Shimogamo Shrine there are lots of green shady areas for people to rest in the evening…

Autumn Season Change

As the breeze starts to get cooler in the middle of the day as well as late in the evening, there is a keen sense of a season change upon us. It may still seem hot and feel like summer, but Autumn is not far away. Scenes like this one…

Summer Breeze

It's getting a little cooler recently thanks to some gentle breezes blowing through. It's still nice to head to the river in the evenings though and enjoy oneself.

Summer Cool, Izumo Taisha

How do you cool down in the summer? One idea is to visit some temples, take in the cool shade of nature and relax. These shots are from Izumo Taisha which I visited some time ago in summer.

Tokyo View

Its a fine day in the city. This photo was taken before the earthquake in Tohoku. You can see the top of Tokyo Tower is not bent here. After the earthquake it had a slight bend in the very top of it

Summer heat

It is hot in Japan at the moment. Summer can be a time to head for the beach or try to find some shade in natural surroundings. Where do you go in the summertime?

Mt Fuji Sunrise

I was lucky enough to have a game of golf near Mt Fuji some years ago, and today I could go back to the same course and see the sunrise from the base of Mt Fuji. Of course, it would be a whole different scene at the top, but looking…

Dreamton Village, Kameoka

I recently visited the English themed restaurant and surrounds called Dreamton Village by its owner, in Kameoka, Kyoto. A lot of work and thought has gone into creating British style architecture and atmosphere in this area of the…

Deep Blue Sunset, Kamogawa

It was a magnificent sunset the other day on the Kamogawa River. Here you can see the full width of the sky with yellows and oranges mixed with a deep blue. The focus of the light as all funneled to the back left corner and down, which…

Gion Matsuri

One of the most important festivals of the year, and one that takes over the city of Kyoto for almost a month as the town comes together to prepare and take part. I have more photos from the parade and the preparation stage as well.…

Kyoto City Hall – Electric Sunrise

I got up early today for some reason and was surprised to see a wonderful pink sky outside the window. When I went out on the street I took a few quick shots and ended up with this as one of the first ones. Almost looks like a lightning…

Ropeway, Cable car on Mount Hiei

Following on from the earlier post, I wanted to show a few shots of the ropeway car that took me to the top of Mount Hiei. It was a smooth ride from the center of Kyoto, first on the Keihan railway to Demachiyanagi station and then on…

Mount Hieizan, Sunset

I took a spur of the moment trip up Mount Hieizan to see if I could find any good late evening shots. I found that the view towards Lake Biwa was uninterrupted, but looking back towards Kyoto City there were a few trees and other…

Summer dining on Kamogawa

Summer along the Kamogawa river in Kyoto is always busy. The Gion festival with its various preparations takes place during the rainy season and tourist numbers are always large to see this. Locals as well as tourists make great use of…

Kyoto Station View

Looking back down towards Kyoto Station from the main road You can see another photo I took from inside the station here, or the view from the top of Kyoto Tower at sunset here.

Kamogawa Sunset

We are into the rainy season now, but towards the end of the day it can suddenly fine up and the sky can produce some magic colors. I took this shot a few days ago after the rain was clearing. I liked the mist cloud sitting in the base…