Alone in the bamboo forest with just the wind and your camera? What could be better?
Beautiful moss covers the ground of Kenrokuen Garden in this summertime picture. In the background you can see the bamboo ropes that hold up the branches on some of the older trees.
The Hakone Open Air museum has numerous outdoor art installations set in the green hills of Hakone. In mid-summer, the greenery is both restful and vibrant.
While photographs of Enoura Musem are not permitted for other than personal use, you can get an appreciation for the exquisite blend of traditional and contemporary Japanese architecture from this part of the entrance (outside the main gate).
Sometimes simple every day things are a still life in the making. These empty boats were sitting on the still waters of the Oi river in Arashiyama one early morning, just waiting for tourists to come for a ride.
More moments of quite reflection in the bamboo forest.
While the Senjo-ji Temple complex can be a cacophonous mess due to tourist crowds, you can still find a moment of visual reflection if you seek it out.
The lights for tea houses and restaurants softly illuminate the classic wooden buildings on a Gion, geisha district, side street.
At the top of the bamboo forest, you’ll find a beautiful wooden sign with information (oh, in Japanese!) about the area.
One of the entrance doors to the Daimaru department store in Tokyo Stations features the most unusual music we’ve ever heard in a store. Let us know what you think…
The quiet path along at the top of the bamboo forest entrance is bereft of tourists and the silence is broken only by a local resident “biking” their dog.
Even the back of temples evoke the serenity within. This is Tenryuji Temple.
Hydrangeas (Ajisai) come bloom all over Japan in early June in a fairly wide range of colors. Our favorites are the periwinkle blue, but they range from almost entire white to shades of magenta. These were showing their summer colors along a rail line.
The riverbanks are a lush, vibrant green during the summers in Arashiyama in Kyoto.
We are often asked to recommend the best dates to see cherry blossoms and fall colors. and indeed, there is ample “factual” information available on the Internet on the subject. However, nature doesn’t always co-operate with published schedules. Whatever. Kyoto is beautiful in any season, and one brilliant red tree at Kokedera (also known as Saihoji, the Moss Temple) can be thrilling enough!
Only in Japan can you find a small boat being rowed peacefully on Himeji’s large moat.
The quiet and solitude of Kyoto’s bamboo forest is only for those who get there early and are able to maintain the sense of serenity all around them in reflective stillness.
The Peace Memorial Park in Hiroshima offers a place of quiet reflection to honor those lost in the bombing of Hiroshima and bring awareness to the issues of Nuclear weapons in our world.
The back entrance to Tenryu-ji temple, in Arashiyama, is a little taste of tranquility in the early morning as the caretakers prepare for the day.
Boats quietly being rowed on the Hozu River during a light summer rain in Arashiyama are quintessentially Kyoto.