Posts Tagged 'scenery'

Raindrops on leaves – 16.05.2009

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Saturday (updating the picture one day late) was a perfect rainy day.

We wondered in Toriimoto, a beautiful walk on the gentle slopes of a hill. 

Old houses and old streets, the quiet atmosphere of a rainy day (the gorgeous deep colors too), good company. What more can I ask for ?!

Nothing. It was perfect !

(I uploaded other pictures here ! Those raindrops !)

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Everyday in May !

May is already here, can you believe it ? I, for one, am looking at the calendar in great disbelief.

May in Japan brings what is called the Golden Week, a succession of holidays that Japanese (and others !) often use to travel around. This year those holidays were just after a weekend, making for almost a full week of rest for the working people. The Golden week itself didn’t change much of my habits, but I was lucky to have family (from France) visiting during that period. So I guess it was another kind of Golden week for me, I was a bit excited I have to say !

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My cousin and her art-loving husband first spent two weeks discovering Big Tokyo and a few other places, and then came to spend their last week here, in Kyoto. I went to pick them up at the station and we did some intense walking around and photographying the few days they were there. I picked a few places that I knew wouldn’t be too crowded by the holidays visitors, so that they could also taste a bit of Quiet Kyoto.

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It feels so strange to actually have family here, in Japan, even for a while : meet with them, do things together, talk about things, telling family stories … all in my usual japanese environment. So nice !

They eventually had to go back to Tokyo to catch their returning flight, but I think they really made the most of their trip and truly enjoyed it, so I’m a happy girl !

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The pictures in this post I took during one of our long walks, in Arashiyama (west part of Kyoto). We were blessed with a beautiful weather, not too hot but not cold, what a beautiful day it was !!

I decided to take part in the Everyday in May project, which basically consists in doing something creative everyday in May. Have a look at the original post, here. Or at the Flickr group, here

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So I’ll take a picture a day in May, and post them here, everyday. I started a bit late, but I happen to have pictures for some of the days I missed, so I’ll post these together in a “catching up” post, probably today but maybe tomorrow. 

I wonder if the commitment to take a picture a day will change the way I take pictures. I’m quite excited about that !

Kyoto buddhist temples : the lesser known paths

Kyoto is very well known for its traditional side and its countless shrines and temples. Among the last are amazingly beautiful structures registered as UNESCO World Heritage sites.

Far less known are the many small temples scattered around town, some of them so tiny one have to really look to find them in between the modern buildings and the effervescence of the shopping streets.

I have a thing for those small temples.

Their very existence breaks the rhythm of the otherwise modern side of Kyoto. Like a reminder of things past. Still so much alive.

And although they are often overlooked by visitors, it is easy to see they still hold an important place within the local community.

One of those small temples is the Chugenji (仲源寺), still standing in Gion district.

It is literally stuck in between souvenirs shops and restaurants, but once you enter the small compound, you find yourself in a whole other world.

Just a few steps are needed to see everything in there, and yet the atmosphere is amazing.

The short time I spent there, I saw half a dozen persons of various age come in and engage in quiet prayer.

Not the quick and formal prayer often seen in bigger shrines or temples. But a more dignified, deeply involved kind of contemplation.

This was a very moving experience for me. So much that I didn’t have the heart to take the pictures I came for and disturb the atmosphere of the place, until there was no one left praying.

This was such a nice place to be for a while, just to let this peaceful atmosphere sink in.

I’ll definitely go back !

Cherry blossoms in the rain

Cherry blossoms and rainy days seem to go well together.

Something about the poetic atmosphere of it, I don’t know…!

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You can see more of them here.

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Beautiful japanese spring

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Spring has arrived !

Cherry trees are near full bloom, making any place they grow on such a magical one.

I thought I’d go for a picnic under these pink skies, but the rain came, soaking the frail petals and the ground. So, an indoor week end it was, very soft and pleasant too, with just the thought of the cherry trees magic !

The pictures are from a couple of years back (and are scans of non-digital photos, so the image is not the clearest one, but…hope you can still enjoy it :))


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