Saturday, 7 April 2018

Kinkakuji (Golden Pavilion),Kyoto

The Golden Pavilion was a retreat for Shogun Ashikaga Yoshimitsu
until his death.  It was taken over by the Renzai Zen sect in 1408 and remains a Buddhist temple.

Kyoto Station

Kyoto Station is an amazing structure with an overhead walkway
 and long stairways to amazing view points as in this reflection.

Friday, 6 April 2018

Kyoto Tōri Shrine

In the late 70's I bought this woodblock print by Toshi Yoshida at Liberty's in London, as present for Lesley.  When we came to Kyoto we wanted to find the original site, which we discovered is called the Tōri Shrine.  As luck would have it the place was especially open and lit for the cherry blossom season.

This is my photo.

Thursday, 5 April 2018

Interview with a Maiko


We had an audience with Kotomi-san an apprentice Geisha (Maiko).

The live appears very hard and expensive to enter.  Regular lessons in traditional dances and instruments, plus the ability to beat all comers at drinking games.  All western misconceptions about the role of the Geisha are quickly dispelled

Tuesday, 3 April 2018

Hida Folk Village, Takayama

Hida Folk Village is a collection of rural buildings showing off older ways of life in the Japanese mountains.

 Roof construction.
This is a urinal, form that hasn't changed in the intervening 400-500 years.