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Eikando in Autumn

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…

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.

Teramachi dori

Teramachi dori is one of the older well known streets in Kyoto. Its current image is one of a covered mall stretching from Shijo dori up to Oike dori, and then open air from there up to the old Imperial Palace. It stretches further…

Sanmon at Nanzenji

Standing at the base of the Sanmon at Nanzenji Temple admiring the color and grain of the wood and wondering whether to make the climb to look at the view from on top. I did go to the top as well, and posted this photo from there on…

Aqueduct at Nanzenji Temple

The aqueduct seen here brings water down from Lake Biwa and was constructed during the Meiji Period. The water is processed in a plant near Nanzenji Temple. The aqueduct is located inside the grounds of the Nanzenji Temple and combined…

Kinkakuji

Yesterday I visited Kinkakuji after the rain from the typhoon. The pond was a bit murky, but the gold was glittering.

Nata Tera Temple

Nata tera Temple was founded in the first year of the Nara Period, 717. It is well known for its temple grounds having stone walls with caves carved out of the rock face. In Autumn the colors were great and the grounds very beautiful.

Ninnaji Temple

Ninnaji (仁和寺) is a temple in Kyoto listed as a World Heritage Site. It is the head temple of the Omuro School of the Shingon sect of Buddhism and was founded in 888. As well as its religious hitory and background it is also famous for its…

Daitokuji Temple

Daitokuji Temple is located in the North part of Kyoto City near Kinkakuji and was founded in 1315. It covers a large area and operates over 20 sub-temples within it. It is a working Temple and you can practice Zazen training on the…

Ishiyama Temple

Ishiyama Temple (石山寺) in Shiga Prefecture, said to have been constructed around 762, is the place where Murasaki Shikibu began writing The Tale of Genji, a well known Japanese literature piece. The Temple can be reached easily from Kyoto…

Yutenji

The weekends are always a good time for a walk. The weather seems to get better and people on the street seem to be smiling more. I didn't have my main camera with me, but whilst I was out around the Meguro area, I took a quick snap…

Otsu City, Shiga Prefecture

Last year at the end of summer I visited to Suzumushi Temple in Arashiyama, Kyoto and also to Ishiyama Temple which is nearby, but in Otsu City, Shiga Prefecture, an area well known for Lake Biwa. I have more photos from Ishiyama…

Hoshi Matsuri

Today was the annual Hoshi Matsuri at the Agon Shu Temple in Kyoto. I was surprised to see it being broadcast on so many different television stations live, including the BBC. Were you watching in your part of the world? The Hoshi…

Kisaragi and Setsubun

The month of February used to be called Kisaragi in Japan. February was the second month of winter under the lunar calendar, which Japan used before the Heian Period. Under this calendar, Winter was the period from January to end of…

Suzumushi Temple

I visited Suzumushi Temple in Arashiyama, Kyoto in Summer and enjoyed the speech given by the monks there. It was not a large Temple and the grounds were not extensive, but many people were queued up to get inside and the monks prepared tea…

Kodaiji Temple

Kodaiji Temple (高台寺) established in Kyoto in 1606 is a beautiful Temple located near Yasaka Hokanji Temple. I visited Kodaiji in the evening when it was lit up and enjoyed seeing the gardens in a different way to normal.

Dazaifu Tenmangu

Dazaifu Tenmangu is a Shrine built over the grave of Michizane Sugawara, also known as the God of calligraphy. It is located near the Bay of Hakata in Fukuoka. It is well known as a Shrine to visit in order to wish for success in exams and…

Eiheiji Temple

Eiheiji Temple, located in Fukui-ken, was founded over 800 years ago, although the temple was rebuilt a number of times over the years. It is still an active temple today training monks in its teachings. It is possible for anyone to stay at…

Jishu Shrine, Kyoto

Jishu Shrine is located in the Kiyomizu Temple area of Kyoto. It is a Shrine for those praying for good fortune in love. There are a number of good luck charms that can be bought here to help you find your best partner.

Ryoanji Temple

There are 2 sets of gardens at Ryoanji Temple, the dry rock garden and the wet gardens. There are fifteen rocks in the dry garden raked with white gravel. There are many stories about the meaning behind these rocks and how they are laid…