Oshin Travels: Mystical Kyoto Second Day

I am sure not all travels are enjoyable even for those “real travelers”. Yet, all travels are meaningful. This what i felt back then visiting Kyoto in the second day. I was in a melancholic state that even my memory to Kyoto is kind of gloomy, cloudy and rain. Maybe that is the reason why i keep referring Kyoto with its mystical atmosphere.

I stayed at my acquaintance’s apartment in Kyoto. Her apartment near the Kyoto Imperial Palace. In the morning she took me a walk around the Palace (we only walk by its fortress :P).

Temple around

Temple around

Temple around

Temple around

Temple around

Temple around

The statue of Raccoon or

The statue of Raccoon or “Tanuki” in Japanese. It is believed that this creature is the guardian of the temple.

Kyoto Imperial Palace the fortress

Kyoto Imperial Palace the fortress

Kyoto Imperial Palace the fortress

Kyoto Imperial Palace the fortress

Kyoto Imperial Palace the fortress

Kyoto Imperial Palace the fortress

Kyoto Imperial Palace the fortress

Kyoto Imperial Palace the fortress

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Kyoto Imperial Palace the fortress

Kyoto Imperial Palace the fortress

Kyoto reveals something i have not yet noticed before: My eyes had never seen myself thus i couldn’t see that in fact there are beautiful parts of myself lie within me. Secondly, i found that i could be such a moron – powerless girl who could do even moron things. The moment i was in Kyoto was the regretful moment that every time i remember it, the pain comes at the same time.

From the morning walk, i took a bus to the Arashiyama Koen. I think i have seen some of pictures of this place. Arashiyama Koen is famous for its Bamboo Forest. Since i didn’t even bring a camera (i took it all by cell’s camera :p), I couldn’t get good pictures of this place (and also all the places i visited). Blame my attitude, but i couldn’t help, i am not a pro..

Arashiyama Koen

Arashiyama Koen

Japanese girls with Yukata (Kimono for Summer) It's not a rare thing to find Japanese youth walk leisurely with this traditional attire.

Japanese girls with Yukata (Kimono for Summer)
It’s not a rare thing to find Japanese youth walk leisurely with this traditional attire.

Bamboo forest

Bamboo forest

Bamboo forest

My capture was very bad. I intentionally did that, so that instead of enjoying my captures you would have to come by yourself to enjoy with your irreplaceable camera: your beautiful eyes! ;p

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Arashiyama Koen is such a huge place to explore. After walking along the bamboo forest, there will be a village where a famous poet, Basho Matsuo often visited. Rakushisha, or translated into The Cottage of Fallen Persimmon, is the cottage where Basho Matsuo stayed during his visit in Arashiyama.

There are several stones with inscribed poem on them.

There are several stones with inscribed poem on them.

Rakushisha Residence

Rakushisha Residence

The ink, paper, books and also household are set to represent what Basho Matsuo used in his

The ink, paper, books and also household are set to represent what Basho Matsuo used in his “creating” time..

The cottage

The cottage

Rakushisha Residence

Rakushisha Residence

Rakushisha Residence

Rakushisha Residence

Slipper

Slipper

Rakushisha Residence

Rakushisha Residence

Rakushisha Residence

Rakushisha Residence

Traditional Hat

Traditional Hat

Keep walking, and we will find many handicraft shops along the way. I am deeply interested in a shop, which i think i kept his name card but i forgot where i put it. Remember, I was in a melancholic state, so don’t blame me for such lacking and un-detailed information :p

Along the way, you will be performed with such a breathtaking scenery

Along the way, you will be performed with such a breathtaking scenery

This is the shop i am talking about. Very unfortunate i forgot the artist's name card.

This is the shop i am talking about. Very unfortunate i forgot the artist’s name card.

His modest yet marvelous creation resembles his figure, really!

His modest yet marvelous creation resembles his figure, really!

He said himself, that selling these art works will not make his life but his passion keeps him creating these art works.

He said himself, that selling these art works will not make his life but his passion keeps him creating these art works.

He is also pro in setting the lighting to create a warm-adorable colors.

He is also pro in setting the lighting to create a warm-adorable colors.

If i am not mistaken, this work is used for tea ceremony?

If i am not mistaken, this work is used for tea ceremony?

Clueless with this works.

Clueless with this works.

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The beauty!!

The beauty!!

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Why didnt i realize? He might be speaking English well. Why did i speak with him in my random-Japanese??

Why didnt i realize? He might be speaking English well. Why did i speak with him in my random-Japanese??

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I am specifically interested to the simplicity of his art works. Not a coincidence, it is because i am studying Yanagi Muneyoshi and the Mingei theory which is the content mainly concerns on the beauty of simplicity.

On the way back to Kyoto the city, i had to walk, again, along the village to reach the road for a taxi or a bus. Since i was walking a lot, i found again these old beautiful architectures plus its small blocks/small paths.

Still in Arashiyama

Still in Arashiyama

Traditional architecture

Traditional architecture

Kyoto's traditional architecture is often found with these black and white painted architecture.

Kyoto’s traditional architecture is often found with these black and white painted architecture.

Arashiyama

Arashiyama

This wonderful paths i love the most.

This wonderful paths i love the most.

Still in Arashiyama

Still in Arashiyama

Still in Arashiyama

Still in Arashiyama

Still in Arashiyama

Still in Arashiyama

I know i am terrible in narrating my captures on Kyoto. That’s why i really want to go back to Kyoto once or more times to really explore the city and find the connection between me and the mystical Kyoto.

I cant wait.

Oshin travels: Mystical Kyoto First Day

It was around these days last summer, i had a rare opportunity to visit Kyoto. Basically, i am not that traveler type that’s why i didn’t have good initiations to record my visit. I have even almost forgotten that i have been there last year. I tossed away pictures on my mobile to my computer and forget it for a little while.

(Disclaimer: Kyoto, the first trip was kind of bad memory for me, more over it was 3 years ago, thus to recall it might be a difficult thing. Some temples/places naming and explanation may be mistaken. Not a good excuse though :D)

Might be the heat stroke did refresh my memory, i suddenly remember about my visit to Kyoto and feeling so guilty to keep it by my own. I took the 新幹線, the bullet train from Shin-Yokohama station to get Kyoto. It took about two and a half hour, such a long time to experience many things but the memory in the bullet train was not that good, so i don’t have much impression riding this bullet train which should have been my first time on board.

I have already mentioned that i am not that traveler type, so i didn’t record many detail things such as the bullet train’s ticket, what station did i pass, etc, etc. I may be mistakenly recognized my own picture with the correct name of a place or area. I was just such a random traveler :p

I know little, but im sure, i got off in Kyoto station.

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Kyoto Station

Kyoto Station

It was very humid summer but when i reached Kyoto station, the weather turned into cloudy. My bad luck. Kyoto was my third city i have visited which is labeled as the cultural city. The first is Solo, second is St. Petersburg, Russia. These three cities are labeled as the center of culture in the respective countries. I found all of the three has its own characteristics. And Kyoto, its authenticity and its mystic atmosphere distinguish its characteristic from other cities.

Actually the first time I alighted from the bullet train in Kyoto Station, I wondered where is the cultural sites lie on. As you can see in the picture of Kyoto Station above, there is no clue of cultural heritage around. But once i walked around the city, there were many spots with cultural atmosphere.

Yasaka Shrine

Yasaka Shrine

Yasaka Shrine

Yasaka Shrine

Yasaka Shrine

Yasaka Shrine

Kyoto is famous for its Shrines and Temples. For its Shrines and Temples, it is also called the city of thousands shrines. Once i got off the bullet train, i could just walk for several minutes to visit shrines. One of them is Yasaka Shrine.

The mystical beauty i found in Kyoto lies in its architecture, and how they remained untouched by the modernity. They are very beautiful, very authentic.

Small blocks in the heart of Kyoto

Imagine you were here alone, take a deep breath! You are in Japan!!

Imagine you were here alone, take a deep breath! You are in Japan!!

Small blocks in the heart of Kyoto

Small blocks in the heart of Kyoto

Small blocks in the heart of Kyoto

Small blocks in the heart of Kyoto

Small blocks in the heart of Kyoto

Small blocks in the heart of Kyoto

Next destination is again, a shrine, namely Shimogamo Shrine. It was built 2000 years ago in the forest. It is a complex of shrines.

Shimogamo Shrine

Shimogamo Shrine

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The magic spell

The magic spell

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I wish you happy forever after!

I wish you happy forever after!

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Next is Nanzen Temple. It is also a complex of temple. I came to this temple late afternoon, it was getting dark and some of the temple were closed so that i could only enjoy in a glance.

Nanzen Temple

Nanzen Temple

Nanzen Temple

Nanzen Temple

Nanzen Temple

Nanzen Temple

Nanzen Temple

Nanzen Temple

Irrigation in Nanzen Temple

Irrigation in Nanzen Temple

Nanzen Temple

Nanzen Temple

Nanzen Temple

Nanzen Temple

Nanzen Temple

Nanzen Temple

Nanzen Temple

Nanzen Temple

Nanzen Temple

Nanzen Temple

Nanzen Temple

Nanzen Temple

Nanzen Temple

Nanzen Temple

I departed from Shin-Yokohama station around 12.20 and when i reached Kyoto, it was in the late afternoon. That’s why the first day of Mystical Kyoto ends this way. I will display my gallery of Mystical Kyoto here in the blog. However, don’t expect my narration. It’s terrible. Just enjoy the pictures. 😀

Cafe Kucing~

Pertama kali saya mendengar istilah cat cafe, atau kafe kucing dari teman saya, satu tahun setelah saya tinggal di Jepang. Sebelumnya, saya sama sekali tidak ada gambaran ada kafe kucing semacam itu.

Konsep kafe kucing adalah kafe yang di dalamnya berkeliaran kucing-kucing peliharaan dengan berbagai ras. Saya kurang tahu, konsep kafe itu orijinalnya bagaimana, tapi di kafe kucing (karena namanya kafe) menyediakan hidangan makanan dan minuman. Tidak hanya makanan untuk pengunjung, makanan kucing juga diperjual belikan di kafe kucing ini.

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Kafe kucing di Area Stasiun Shimo-Kitazawa, "Cat Cafe Caterism"

Selama hidup saya di Indonesia, saya dan keluarga saya selalu memelihara kucing. Tidak pernah tidak. Halaman rumah saya selalu menjadi tempat membuang kucing (mungkin pemiliknya tahu kalau kucing mereka dibuang di sekitar rumah saya, pasti dipelihara). Alhasil, saya begitu menyukai kucing. Tapi sesuka saya terhadap kucing, saya lebih suka anjing sebenarnya hehe (nggak penting).

Harga masuk kafe kucing biasanya ¥1000 perjam, di yang saya kunjungi kedua kalinya ¥1000 itu sudah termasuk minuman..

Sebagai penggemas kucing-kucingan, satu jam di kafe kucing ini bisa sangat membosankan. Berbeda dengan kucing2 Indonesia, kucing2 kampung yang lincah, kalau di dekatnya ada manusia, otomatis ngeong-ngeong dan “ngusel-usel”, kucing-kucing di kafe kucing biasanya tidak suka dielus-elus. Pengunjung juga tidak diperbolehkan menggendong kucing, mengelus2 kucing ketika makan/minum, memegang kucing dengan temperamen buruk (padahal kucing begini ini yang bikin greget menurut saya, dipegang dikit lalu ngamuk, itu yang buat lucu :p).

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Jadi, pengunjung hanya diperbolehkan foto-foto (tanpa flash), lalu mengamati mereka tidur, atau mengejar2 kucing yang malas dipegang hanya demi satu dua belaian.. Ugh~ Kalau ingin dikerubuti si kucing2, kita harus membeli makanan kucing hehe.. seharga ¥500 per box kecil.

Kalau tidak benar-benar rindu ngelus-elus kucing, saya tidak akan dua kali balik ke kafe kucing ini. Bosan. Tapi
mungkin bagi penggemas kucing yang lain, mengunjungi kafe kucing bisa menjadi salah satu hiburan penghilang setres..

Tracing back to the early journeys: View from my Japanese School Building

These photos were taken October 24th 2014, i am also a bit amazed. It was exactly the same month today and last year. Also it was the boy i loved’s birthday 😀 what a coincidence!

View from my Japanese School building.

View from my Japanese School building.

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Since it was not allowed to bring the phone during the class, i always made use the break time to grasp these wonderful views.

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Located in Tokyo, District Kita, Nearest Station is Ouji 😀

Spring…

Here and there the colors of spring bursts out of the cloud…

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What makes me always wonder, those colors can be found un-owned :p along the street. Yet they are still beautiful.. The things i rarely find in my home country.

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Though no one plants, everyone takes care on these creatures..

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The right place with the wrong person.

“Do the right thing, in the right place with the right person”

It is indeed an important proverb which i have taken for granted until i went to Kyoto, Japan, a magnificent city with a Japanese classical ambiance. The best city i have ever been (except of my hometown :p). Enjoy it, but don’t forget to pick the right tool to fly.. 🙂

“Wrong companion might clumsily destroy your moment” -mine-