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    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.
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    The new Carlton Ritz Hotel in Kyoto, on the banks of the Kamogawa River near Nijo, will open soon. Looks like they will enjoy some nice views.
  • A quiet walk through the grounds of Myoshinji Temple in Kyoto looking at the Autumn colors.
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    Autumn colors on the street in Kyoto
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    As summer cools off and the Autumn breezes arrive, it’s nice to take a weekend walk down the banks of the Kamogawa River.
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    Towards the end of summer I played a round of golf at Ohara Public Golf Course.
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    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
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    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.
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    As the summer months get warmer the sunsets in Kyoto hot up as well. I took a few shots from the top of the Kyoto Station building with the Sony NEX7 camera.
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    The Gion Matsuri is one of the 3 well known and important annual festivals in Kyoto. Spanning the whole month of July one of its best known events is the parade through the streets of the Yamaboko Junkō on July 17.
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    The weather is great today. Lots of people out taking advantage of the sunny weather on Mothers Day. I changed up my cameras today and took this one with the Sony NEX7. I have had the camera sitting around for about a year now and [...]
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    The Incline at Keage in Kyoto is the old train line where barges would come down from Lake Biwa to Kyoto. Close to Nanzenji, where you can still see the Aquaduct, the Incline is a popular place in Spring due to all of the beautiful [...]
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    Some very nice plum blossoms our in Kyoto ahead of the more famous sakura season to follow
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    The Kyoto Gosho, Imperial Palace and gardens are a great spot for casual walking, playing sports or just sitting down and reading a book. As Spring hots up, the trees are starting to take on a different color. It was a nice weekend to [...]
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    I took a quick morning walk to catch some sun and was surprised it had started snowing. Just a few scenes here of nothing much. My hands started to freeze off and I had to come back indoors. I would like to take better photos in [...]
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    Each year the Kyoto City Fire Department have a small parade and demonstration of their fire fighting skills. They show the assembled crowd near Okazaki Park their fire fighting equipment and their skills to use it. The demonstration [...]
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    I visited a number of Temples and Shrines on New Years Day just to have a walk around and see the crowds. I started in the center of Kyoto and walked to Yasaka Jinja, Kodaiji, Kiyomizudera and then back to town.
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    Wanting to take some photos of the Autumn colors, I visited Nanzenji and Eikando at the beginning of the week. The orange and red colors were amazing. The colors were so bright in real life it was hard to take photos and get a result [...]
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    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.
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    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 [...]
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    Just a regular snap of a regular street, but somehow mistakenly Japan. What are the things that identify this as Japan to you? the bicycles casually left at the side of the road? the abundant use of yellow to warn of some dangerous [...]
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    Shimogamo Shrine is one of the oldest Shinto shrines in Japan. Located in Kyoto next to the Kamogawa river it is a short walk from the centre of the city. The Shrine is set in a natural mini forest that contains many large trees, [...]
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    I missed catching the setting sun but was able to just get a glimpse of the reflection as it disappeared over the horizon. I liked the contrast between day and night in this shot. It was handheld so we don’t see the cars moving [...]
  • 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 [...]
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    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 [...]
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    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.
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