Kyoto

May 25, 2015

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These photos are from our brief time in Kyoto, and mostly from Tenryu-ji, a Buddhist temple founded in 1339. The original botanical garden is still largely intact today. Isn’t that incredible? My mind supplied visions of priests sowing the seeds and raking the ground into the landscape I saw in front of me, as though I were watching a historical montage. I tried to imagine creating something that people would experience in 600 years time and it is mind-boggling!

We travelled to Saga-Arashiyama in Kyoto primarily to visit the Sagano bamboo groves (pictured in the above two photos) only learning about Tenryu-ji when we arrived in Kyoto. The groves were a really beautiful site – very still and calm. Arashiyama itself was a pleasant suburban town – it was a nice change of pace from the bustle of Tokyo and I would have liked to have spent longer there. (I also would have liked to have spent longer in the kimono shop… those beautiful garments aren’t going to wear themselves!).

The walk through the bamboo groves and the quaint village felt very Studio Ghibli – I know I sound like a western fangirl but there was something so surreal and whimsical, particularly when we stumbled across a tiny train crossing in the middle of this epic walk between the bamboos. I always find areas with a rich history to be very comforting – picturing all the thousands of people who have walked the same steps, admired the same groves, the same sakura, the same rolling Kyoto mountains in the distance.
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15 responses to “Kyoto”

  1. jennie says:

    It looks so beautiful and so peaceful <3

  2. Lisa says:

    What gorgeous photos. I’d love to visit more of Japan one day, I visited Tokyo for work last year but that was such a fleeting visit. I imagine getting out of Tokyo is a better way to get a real sense for Japan.

    • tapeparade says:

      Yes I was reading through your Japan posts recently! Looks like you had a lovely time. I was really happy we took the trip out of Tokyo – we also went to Nagoya, Hiroshima and Okunoshima, near Tadanoumi. x

  3. Jane says:

    Ooh great photos! This place looks beautiful.

  4. Denise says:

    These pictures are amazing, as usual! I am in love with the pictures of Japan here, cause I can say I am on that trip too 🙂 through your pictures (I don’t know if I will go to Japan one day, thought I would love to!) The sakura flowers, the lovely buildings and details! And the temple founded in 1339, with the gardens so well cared! You look super sweet and beautiful, I loved you dress! It’s good to go to such a calm place after a hectic time in Tokyo! Hope you have a very nice week, dear Laila!
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  5. Oh wow, beautiful photos! I’d love to visit one day.

  6. Stunning pictures!
    Have a nice evening!
    Angela Donava
    http://www.lookbooks.fr/

  7. Laura says:

    it looks so beautiful and calm, and the photos are stunning, too! and i really like that smiling photo of you, you look so happy:-) all these japan posts make it sound like such an amazing trip! xx

  8. Sybil says:

    omg!! this is incredible!!! the pictures are superb and makes me want to visit there!!

    Have a great week!
    Animated Confessions

  9. So fantastic pics… really lovely place, look also very cute in your beautiful dress <3

    Melange-Boutique Blog by Noe&Lolita

  10. Reshma says:

    My husband and I went to Japan two years ago. We mainly were in Tokyo the entire time, but I really wanted to go to Kyoto, especially to see the cherry blosoms… this makes me want go back to Japan again!

  11. Priya says:

    I love that term “Western Fangirl”, and I assure you, I would be way worse than you! It IS beautiful and whimsical though.

    ♥ perfectly Priya

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