One of my favourite things as a tourist wandering around Kyoto in particular is the number of Japanese who put on their Kimono to see the sights.
According to Wikipedia (so it must be true!), means 'thing to wear'. Ki meaning thing and mono to wear. Some are clearly of better quality than others though. The bit that fascinated me this time was the obi: the belt thing that ties around the back and holds the whole thing together.
The castle was originally built as the Kyoto residence of the Tokugawa Shoguns. The Tokugawa Shogunate used Edo as the capital city, but Kyoto continued to be the home of the Imperial Court.
This is a collection of Zen temples and raked gravel gardens. Not sure what to make of the gardens. You can appreciate the effort that goes into making them (daily) but they are not really what you would call pretty. Still, it was a really enjoyable stroll around the temples and gardens.
The gardens were, though, what they were supposed to be which is a quiet and relaxing spot in which to sit and ponder. The temples themselves had a lot of impressive screens in them.
This will be a blog about my latest shots and what I liked or was trying to do with them
I am a teacher of Economics and have worked in various schools in Europe & Asia. One of the things I love doing is getting out and about with my camera.