難波の南蛮、戎橋の夷。

I woke up this morning aiming to go visit Sakai, but soon discovered there seemed to be no intuitive, straightforward way to get there.  So what the hell, I went back to Kyoto, this time to the east side.  I sat down in my old favorite coffee shop, and could almost see and hear my old friends across the table.  Wandering through Japan again is fantastic, but there was something special about being able to explore it with other people.

Downtown Kyoto, Shijo Street

Because Kyoto has special regulations on building height, and the city retains its ancient grid pattern to a degree most Japanese cities don’t, the downtown streets have a strange canyon effect to them.  I decided to retrace the path I took on my very first whole day in Japan so long ago, and climb the unnamed mountain behind Maruyama Park by way of Yasaka Shrine, so ancient it predates the city of Kyoto itself.

The central hall of Yasaka

Behind Yasaka itself is Maruyama Park, apparently a bit more modern of a development from the 19th century.  This was actually the first time I had passed through Maruyama in the autumn.

Something you don't see all the time. A cat sleeping on a roadster.

Downtown Kyoto from the mountaintop park. Seriously, the city looks like a matte painting. Time to bluescreen in Mark Hamill and Sir Alec.

I took a back route through the mountains to emerge literally right into the midst of Kiyomizu Temple, one of many very old and famous Buddhist sites in Kyoto.  I had visited it before, but there was something about coming back…

The view from Kiyomizu. I actually found myself crying in public, standing before this scene once more.

I will be incognito for a little while now, as I’m going to Tokyo to meet some old friends, acquaintances, and mentors.  More will follow, at some point.

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One response

  1. lordkelvin

    Kiyomizu is a place of focused energy. It truly is amazing. No accident that this holy site has been siting there for over 1000 years. Did you drink from the waters? Your intense sense of place and emotions flow from this energy.

    November 26, 2010 at 10:55 AM

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