難波の南蛮、戎橋の夷。

Making up for Lost Time

This week has been one dedicated to doing things I never did in my past year in Kyoto.  One of those: the lightup festival in Sagano/Arashiyama, near where I used to live.  They light up the town and things stay open later than they normally would.  In some ways it’s a ploy to get people to visit Saga after kouyou season has ended, but why the hell not?  The place could use a little extra attention- it’s been famous in fall for more than a millennium, but come winter it’s stiller than a tomb, believe me.

Besides, there’s something about walking through a bamboo forest in the black of an early winter’s night, lit by distant glow through the trees.  If any of these pictures seem blurry, it’s because the camera needs extra exposure time in the dark, and I have no mount.  Considering, I’m rather proud of how sharp some of these have turned out.

Iwata's baring trees aglow. Somewhere in those forests are confused monkeys.

 

Togetsukyo, famous bridge over the Katsura River. I crossed this bridge idly as a student all the time.

 

Distant lights through the bamboo forest. I'm surprised I could hold steady enough to get this one.

 

A more populated and lit stretch of the forest.

 

Ookouchi Denjirou was a samurai movie star in the decade before the war. He built a traditional-style villa on the side of Mt. Ogura by Arashiyama, now open to the public. This would be his main house.

 

Downtown Kyoto, as seen from a tea platform atop the ridge of Mt. Ogura, on Ookouchi's estate.

 

Interior of Rakushisha, a poet's house and gathering place of haiku masters from the 1600s onwards.

 

Speaking of finding inspiration in mundanity, this. I am deeply proud of how clearly the policemen stand out THROUGH the passing train.

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2 responses

  1. lord kelvin

    O transcendent! etc etc.
    I am so happy you got to see these things.
    Was there some extra chi in the hall of haiku masters?

    December 22, 2010 at 7:44 AM

  2. It really made me want to write some poetry.

    December 22, 2010 at 9:59 AM

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