Cherry blossoms over the river at Arashiyama
Further up the
river at Arashiyama
Notice the cherry
trees blossoming on the hillside as well.
People were having picnics in the park.
Cormorants (fishing birds) were in the river.
We hiked up to a temple on the hill - you can see the river far below.
Carved wooden fish at the temple.
Cherry blossoms in a pond at the temple.
This sign warns that fireworks can burn the monkeys in the forest.
View of Kyoto from the Arashiyama monkey park.
Since the monkeys get fed only through this building, they don't accost
Russ visiting his relatives behind bars.
Pleasure is having
a friend pick off your fleas.
Walking through the Arashiyama bamboo forest.
Kyoto room - at night the table gets pushed aside & the tatami mats
are laid on the floor.
Whenever we left the room, someone would sneak in & tidy it up.
We never saw who did this - ninja maids, perhaps??
Boar temple in
Kyoto, home of 2000 temples!
Streets of Kyoto
near the armor museum
Kyoto building looks like it has a beer keg on top...? Judging
by the "get acquainted"
party we went to, it might just take that much beer to supply one building
of Japanese drinkers...
temple, dedicated to cats, mice & bulls?
Close-up of cat,
mouse & bull temple sign
Fushimi Inari temple gate with statues of the white foxes. One
holds a key to the rice granary.
Temple sign at Fushimi Inari
temple - donors buy the red torii for the gods of rice and sake. There
are hundreds of them.
temple - Gaetan found a seller of inexpensive used kimonos for men &
The Fushimi Inari
temple goes for quite a distance up & down a small mountain.
temple - the red torii come in all sizes and prices.
An Ewok-like figure guarding the torii.
A bamboo forest next to Fushimi Inari temple where I spotted a strange
warrior-beast on the prowl.
shops plasticize their products and put them on display to entice you
Here's a whole
wall of plasticized pastries at the Kyoto train station! Japanese
food is AWESOME.
Also at the train
station, a water wall that spells out messages and displays pictures
We went crazy trying to catch a photo of the temple, but finally had
to settle for loops.
Kyoto Manga Museum.
Where else but in Kyoto could you find a museum dedicated to comics?
There is also a beautiful museum of kaleidoscopes where we met the mayor
Kyoto Manga Museum
- can you spot the human?
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