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.

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