Temples and Shrines

Kyoto is a city brimming with temples and shrines. They dot the cityscape, sometimes standing alone in stately grandeur, sometimes in between modern concrete buildings, sandwiched between apartment blocks, around the corner from a busy street teeming with traffic. They are scattered around the outskirts as well, just a short hop out of town. Some have … More Temples and Shrines

An Invitation

Hamamatsu, Japan March 25th 2016 I met her my first day in Kyoto. Reiko and her daughter Naoko were in Kyoto for only a couple of days and I had literally just arrived from the airport in Osaka. We were staying at the same guesthouse. I was in that strange state that usually accompanies jet-lag … More An Invitation

Springtime in Kyoto

Under an azure blue sky Kyoto bursts into a kaleidoscope of color. The brilliant patterns of kimonos, the elaborate dress of the geishas, the dark polished wood of traditional houses with red lanterns at the doorway and buds just about to burst into flowers. A few scattered trees are already in bloom, their boughs waving languidly in the breeze.