After being so long in “nature” (well, Kumano Kodo is perhaps the most you might get of that in Japan – aside the interior, where there are no paths, no accessible space) we went to Kyoto.
Especially the gardens were our main interest
Their twisted and gnarly trees
Small bridges over ponds
Another dragon at the end of a roof – normally there would be ogres but dragons count as well
Looks quite nasty…
And again the trees
What is in the script?? Must be either very nasty or juicy if the expression is any guide…
Perfect alignment of tree and roof in Nanzen-Ji temple
These old sliding doors were painted just beautifully
And the famous tiger-scene.
The whole place of Nanzen-Ji is very peaceful and intriguing
And the green maple
After Nanzen-Ji closed (most places do so at 17:00) we headed a bit down the “Philosopher’s path” named after a professor of philosophy who did the 2 km every day to university for some 35+ years.
Here are small temples and shrines as well
With nice features
Bamboo is growing as the natural forest (well it should be called meadow as it is grass technically )
And side-shrines next to natural places
Evening creates a wonderful mood
And these little bridges over the stream are just lovely
Time to go home
On the way back we had a very interesting meal.
The paper (yes, it’s just thicker paper) doesn’t burn…
What should I take???
Hotpot is always a good choice
Currently there is a sock promotion… When you buy a bottle of drink you get a sock with it to cover the bottle so it stays cooler – very Japanese