This Kyoto temple was once the headquarters for a sect of Zen Buddhism, but in 1291 the detached palace was converted into a temple. As I passed by the main hall, I couldn’t help notice the number of gardeners busily keeping the grounds immaculate.
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I stepped off UBC grounds and down steps for some 200 metres until I reached a stony beach. This was not your regular beach. The sign warned — a clothing optional beach. I had known this before I ventured down its steps, but thought on a brisk cool day I wouldn’t find anyone parading around without their clothes. Continue reading Vancouver’s infamous Wreck Beach
This was once an area of teahouses for travellers, but later changed to a pleasure district. Continue reading Kyoto’s Gion District
It was almost time to leave Kyoto’s Arashiyama district. My legs were tired after some six hours of walking on a thirty degree day, but I had to stand on Togetsu-kyo Bridge. Continue reading Last stop, Togetsu-kyo Bridge
This Buddhist temple was set in quiet grounds in Kyoto’s Arashiyama district. The site was once a mountain villa, but was later converted into Seiryo-ji Temple. Continue reading Seiryo-ji Temple
Away from the temples and the Bamboo Forest, was Arashiyama’s preserved area. It was the best laneway to spy some of Kyoto’s finest old style houses. Some even had the traditional thatched roofs. Even more surprising was that not one of the hoards of tourists who stepped into the Bamboo Forest, was here. Continue reading Arashiyama’s finest old houses
There were several ceramic shops where exquisite pottery was on display that I passed while wandering the back lanes of Kyoto’s Arashiyama. One that caught my eye however, didn’t have a name, at least not in writing that I could read. Continue reading An Arashiyama potter