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October 17, 2005
Kyoto: Chasing the sun into night
Filed in: Current Affairs, Japan, Photography

As the sun began to fade in the west - I continued walking - looking for picture opportunities - and making my way back to my hotel.

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I have no idea what the names of most of these places are - I could find my way back to them - given a start at Kiyomizu-dera. This temple complex was not accessible (in terms of going into the grounds) and featured a very different pagoda than I have ever seen before...

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On a corner of this complex is a creche with a buddha - that's the limb of the sun in the temple to the left.

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The rays of the sun are visible in the west. Keep moving...

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The sun paints a stone walkway between temple areas. Is there more?

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I emerge into an immense park as the sunset nears...

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There's another of those western influenced buildings - it's a restaurant - originally built in the late 1800s.

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The park is filled with ponds and plantings - beautiful in the gloaming...

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That's a small fountain at the end of this pond.

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Crepe Myrtle line the walkways here (and prayers are tied among the branches)...

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The last of the sun...

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Perhaps if I head to the west....

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I come into another vast temple complex...

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Hundreds of lanterns have been turned on to illuminate this temple building.

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As I continue west, there are shrines lined up side by side everywhere...

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Until I reach another large gate that is connected to the city.

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I think I will stay in this temple area until it is dark...

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A few last rays show off the gold on this temple roof.

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But night is falling...

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I'm just on the other side of that lantern festooned temple.

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The lights came on just as I took this picture...

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And I came to a street inhabited by several nice restaurants.

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Some illuminated by fire...

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I enter the city via the large gate - I've determined that I spent a good deal of time walking north and then west - and I think that I must head south and west to get toward Kyoto tower and my hotel - I've walked right into the Gion district - home of the geisha community in Kyoto.

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Ordinary citizens line the streets here - waiting for a glimpse of famous geisha - it's celebrity watching Japan style. I'm going to pass...

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I reach a river - and this area has a very European flair - restaurants and clubs line the riverside and people walk along the paved edge...

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The weekend crowd surges down the streets.

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I find a captured tributary flowing south and walk along it for a time...

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I spot a familiar sign along the way...

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And from time to time, guided by its beacon along the way, I find my way back to the tower and my nearby hotel.

To the best that I can calculate, I walked about 15 miles this afternoon/evening. I was pretty sure my feet would never recover, but once I dropped my gear off at the hotel and rested for a few minutes, my hunger drove me outside again for a couple of bowls of udon chili and rice with beef bacon. What a day!



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My, my, my... first the love stone, now chasing geisha's? You rake, you. :)

Seriously, I love the pictures of the last light on the gold of the temple, and cloud shadows from behind the steeple-like roof line. What an amazing adventure! (Have your feet recovered yet?)

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Posted by: jlb at Oct 17, 2005 1:47:35 PM

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