I realized the other day, as I was writing a Japanese-flavored article for a local mag, that I never wrote a blog post about Kyoto from my trip last year. Murmuring and grumbling, calling myself a lazy bastard, I suddenly remembered why I never completed a piece whilst rifling through the following photos — I was still processing Kyoto.
You see, Japan was a whirlwind trip. It was hard to pluck Kyoto from the onslaught of 12-day sensory overload; the trip sort of blended together. But looking through a massive file of photos helped categorize my time there – the sights, colors, sounds, smells – ultimately blossoming a dormant appreciation.
A year plus later, with much-delayed discernibility, Kyoto has become —not only my favorite place in Japan —but one of my favorite cities I’ve ever visited. It’s a stunning place – the perfect place to get lost, collect your thoughts in a bamboo forest, or just outside the boundaries of a shrine, or, in an actual Zen garden. The Golden Pavilion Meditation room, run by rev. Takafumi Kawakami, where I learned new methods of relaxation, pins and needles, and the art of consuming too much matcha. The Silver Pavilion (not silver – rumor has it, the shogun who built it back in the late 1400’s ran out of money before being able to coat with silver leaf)
Fushimi Inari Shrine Kitty View of Kyoto from Kiyomizu-dera temple walk-up. Ryoan-ji (Temple of the Dragon at Peace, aka House of the Sleeping Trouser Serpent) Tourismo Shadow/Color splash contrast. Sleeping quarters. The tatami mats were actually quite comfortable barring the gentleman above’s affinity for man snuggle. Kiyomizu-dera temple (burned down and rebuilt multiple times, but the original was established in 778. 778!) Canal along Philosopher’s Path, with cherry blossoms. Wabi Sabi?Hands down, the Best Sushi I’ve ever had. Mmmm squishy edibles.
Hope you enjoyed this virtual through Kyoto – ’tis a calming place; a place I’d love to revisit sometime soon.
Stay Tuned to Roam About, I’ll have posts about the following places within the next month, tickets booked already: Phoenix/Sedona, Arizona. Negril, Jamaica. Nashville, TN.
Let me know of any ‘must see’ places from the above, and I’ll make sure to check ’em out, snap some pictures for you, and of course, give you props.