The only constant in life is change.
As you know if you’ve read any of my recent episodic posts, I’ve moved house recently. This time it’s down to Kyoto, where the search for long-term employment in Japan continues (if anyone knows anyone and would care to introduce me…). It’s hard to find a downside about being here, but there is one – the internet at the apartment I’m staying in. Because of ISP issues, I’m pretty crippled as far as image management for my posts, forced to rely on a slow VPN provider whenever I want to access my remote server. As a result the posts are going to be pretty minimalist screencaps-wise until I find a long-term solution.
On the positive side, I’m in Kyoto. And this is the view out the front door. Here are some pics of my new neighbor, Toji Temple, as well as the interior of my building (including my apartment and its garden). The park is Umekouji Koen (Plum Alley), about 5 minutes walk from me, between my place and Kyoto Station (another 5 minutes).
It seems very strange to be in Kyoto and not be in a panic about what to see today and tomorrow. I’ve always said that a Kyoto itinerary is more about what you’re not going to see than what you are – there’s simply never going to be enough time. I view my time here as precious because I don’t know how long it will last, but it’s a very different feeling than knowing it’s only going to be a few days like every other time I’ve been to this sublime city and region.
The pagoda, by the way, is the tallest wooden tower in Japan. This one is from the Edo Period, though the original was ordered built by no less than Kobo Daishi himself, the founder of the temple.