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京都 kyoto

Posted on: May 31, 2010

backlog : 2010.05.21

my day in 京都 kyoto after my maiko photoshoot 🙂 it was really sunny, i was sweating a lot :O i’ve been to kyoto many times but i would never get bored of this place. just as i thought, my heart belongs in kansai!


the bus stopped at a rest area on the way to kyoto at night, and i saw this on the shelves 😀 so amusing!!! also, did you know that they have memorial stamps at highway rest areas too? oh japan you amuse me…


walking up 清水坂 kiyomizuzaka 🙂


as you can see, it was really sunny. i should have brought sunscreen along…


i caught a bee! it took me a few tries to get it though, because it was moving around so restlessly


a studio ghibli merchandise store at 三年坂 sannenzaka. i feel like buying so many things…


a cute maltese outside a store, waiting for its owner to finish shopping


obligatory self-photo, the moment i find a reflective surface >w<


a common sight in kyoto


on the way to 嵐山 arashiyama. i took the bus because then i can look at the scenery fly past me outside the windows, instead of staring into the dark subway tunnels


finally, after a long bus ride! 🙂 it’s so beautiful!


the original bridge was made from wood, and even now they’ve still kept to the original design


hiro enjoying the cool wind by the riverbank


another common sight in kyoto : rickshaw pullers


the original wooden beams under the bridge were replaced with iron but the original design was kept


fresh maple leaves. arashiyama is very famous for autumn foliage, and there are maple leaves everywhere you look! i must come again in autumn next time – my favourite season is autumn! ♥


and finally, the bamboo forest path i’ve been wanting to go for such a long time! ♥


they’re really straight and tall :O i tried knocking on one and my knuckles went red 😀


it’s really a tranquil place, and you can barely hear the sounds from the streets, except from the occasional rattle from the trains nearby


it’s a good thing i went on a weekday, though, as it would probably be filled with people on the weekends


野宮神社 nonomiya shrine along the bamboo forest path.


imperial princesses who served at ise shrine first resided here for 3 years to purify themselves, before taken in a procession to ise.


nonomiya shrine has also appeared in the tale of genji, noh stories and waka poems


i know we’re supposed to read the kanji from top to bottom, but i can’t help reading it left to right…


i realized i have this sort of fascination with railroads


a really mysterious looking bamboo bridge in the middle of the bamboo forest


finally, a reflective surface in arashiyama!


after emerging from the depths of the bamboo forest, i walked back towards the river just in time to catch the sunset


so beautiful! the water surface was really calm and pretty too, despite the quick flow of water


i walked a little closer along the river bank and was overcome with the beauty of it


i had dinner at a restaurant nearby since i was starving and the bus back to gion wasn’t going to come around anytime soon 🙂 when you think about kyoto, it’s got to be kyoto cuisine! the set was supposed to come with a chawanmushi (steamed egg custard), but they ran out of it so they replaced it with agedashi tofu


a close-up of my favourite : sashimi! ♥ ♥ ♥


i took the last bus from arashiyama back to the station and back to the hostel 🙂 it’s a really cute and homey place, and they have a whiteboard at the lobby to tell you how the weather will be like the next day


and they have cute handwritten signs all over the place 🙂 there were a lot of photos on the walls, of people who used to stay there. it was interesting! maybe i should send them mine as well…

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