So much Japan, so little time.
I have a ridiculous number of photos from the last two weeks, and no real idea what to do with them or the time to do it if I did. I’m not just going to dump them all out there, but I’d like to share some of what I’ve seen on this trip – the most logical course seems to be to do so over a few batches. Some of it was new to me, some old favorites revisited, but travel proves the old adage that you can never step in the same river twice. “Ichigo, Ichie“, as the Japanese say.
Most of these pics are from Kyoto and environs, some from the areas around Tokyo. One thing this trip really confirmed for me is that I love Kyoto more every time I go there. It’s a place that can create its own magic anywhere and anytime, and usually does. I welcomed in a supertyphoon at Honen-in, perhaps the most beautiful spot in Kyoto, and saw it off with one of the most incredible rainbows I’ve ever laid eyes on. And later heard from my sister that they’d seen the same rainbow at the same time, taking off from Osaka Itami Airport in the wake of the storm.
This group shows the Shugakuin Imperial Villa in Northeast Kyoto, the bamboo forest and Tennouji Temple garden in Arashiyama, and the Enryaku-ji temple complex on Hiei-zan (if you follow Sengoku history, you know the importance of that place) plus a couple of snaps from Namba in Osaka (I love the sumo window display from Daimaru). It seems almost redundant to rave about places in Kyoto being beautiful, but well… I forgot my camera for Shugakuin and had to use my phone camera (actually my Nexus 7) and it was generally cloudy with flat lighting for all of these places, and they still can’t hide their beauty.
Much more to come over the next several days…