This classic garden with carefully pruned bushes, towering stones and a sand “river” can be found at Miyoshinji temple in Kyoto.
This is one of the hundreds of moss varieties that you will find throughout Japan offering a carpet of green as a foundation for the tranquil peace of a traditional garden.
The Hyatt Regency Kyoto often will have a geisha or maiko in the late afternoon for the entertainment of hotel guests.
Hidden in a secret spot in Kyoto is a beautiful bamboo forest that you can drive through to see. Takes a while to get there, but worth the wait if you want to avoid the crowds.
We found this amazing nail polish done in “geisha” colors in Kyoto. Non-toxic and offered by a small, hidden shop.
Alone in the bamboo forest with just the wind and your camera? What could be better?
Guess there is some power in doubling up, but this is one of the stranger combinations we’ve seen for a food shop.
Sighting not one, but two! Can you spot the second one?
This beautiful lamp is one of the many little photographic sidelights that you can find at Fushimi Inari in Kyoto.
Seafood is an essential part of the Japanese diet – both fresh and dried. Many varies of dried shrimp are offered in the markets of Japan.
The Japanese are much more inclined to use umbrellas not just for the rain, but also for sun protection. Plenty of tourists doing that in Kyoto here.
Since Fushimi Inari is one of the most photographed places in Kyoto (if not Japan), it only goes to follow that it’s also a place to photograph photographers. Getting just the right portrait, without too many bystanders, takes skill and some ingenuity. This young lady positions herself between the gates to get a good shot of a friend.
A shinto priest prepares an afternoon offering at the actual shrine at Fushimi Inari. While it is known for it’s multiple bright red torii gates, it is also an active shrine with worshipers coming in and out throughout the day to make their offerings.
Lots of obscure seafood offerings here – mostly dried, pickled and otherwise processes seafoods, seaweeds, etc. This is from the Nishiki market in Kyoto.
The afternoon light makes the bright vermilion torii gates of Fushimi Inari glow with radiant color.
One of the most unusual sushi presentations we’ve ever seen – Suiran hotel in Arashiyama uses a platter with a video of the adjacent bamboo forest playing underneath the delightful seafood presentation.
Treat shop along one of Nishiki Market (Kyoto’s) side streets.
The department stores have periodic sales of beautiful used and non-seasonal kimono and accessories. Ask about this if you are there for the sales – the prices are amazing!
Maps are EVERYWHERE in Japan, with the ever-useful “You are Here”. This one is of the hills around Fushimi Inari. Most people only ever visit the lower gates – but if you hike up the hill you’ll get past the crowds and enter the meditative entrance to the entire shring complex.
All the major department stores have floors that feature Kimono and all the accoutrements. This beautiful kimono was on full display in Kyoto for the upcoming spring season.