August 1st, 2012

Kyoto and Tokyo

I spent a great time last month in Kyoto as I visited a couple of temples and had delicious traditional Japanese food.
When I’m in Tokyo, it’s quite difficult to spend nice and calm time and I was able to purify my soul during that trip.

Kyoto and Tokyo

The first temple I visited was the Ohara Sanzenin.
This temple is in a rural town nestled in the mountains of northern Kyoto and the landscape is very beautiful.

Kyoto and Tokyo

Kyoto and Tokyo

Also it is known for its beautiful moss covering a garden and the Momiji (maple leaves) in Autumn.
I’d like to visit it during the Autumn season someday.

The second one was the Entsuji Temple.
This garden employs the “borrowed landscape” technique.
It’s difficult to find out in my picture but usually you can see Mount Hiei through the trees in the back.

Kyoto and Tokyo

I spent a very quiet time contemplate the garden.

The last one was the famous Kiyomizu Temple.

Kyoto and Tokyo

This temple makes me excited every time I visit!

I went to the Pontocho district for dinner and had great dishes with Maiko-san.

Kyoto and Tokyo

There are many geisha houses and traditional tea houses there.
The ceramics and vessels made with tortoise shells were just beautiful.

Kyoto and Tokyo

The last two pictures are in Tokyo.
It’s the oldest temple in Tokyo, surrounded by modern buildings and within the Tokyo Skytree’s sight.
I think it’s interesting how new and old things are mixing up in Tokyo!