難波の南蛮、戎橋の夷。

Churning and Silence

After the great rains had abated, me and my friend returned to Kyoto, this time to Arashiyama.  More than two years ago, I lived around this area as a student, staying with a gracious family I still keep in touch with.

When I was bored on a weekend, I would always come here, to Arashiyama Park. I have scores of pictures from this exact same viewpoint, looking exactly in the same direction- north, past Ogura to Mt. Atago. This one was unique.

Yes, the skies were quiet, but the rivers still raging.  It seemed Arashiyama had actually taken a little floodwater- it looked as if some of the vendors’ stalls along the river had washed away.  Again, photographs cannot convey the speed of the waters, or their depth.  Nor can they convey how dramatically different the river was from the way I remembered it.  Just try to imagine- toddlers play in that river when the waters are low.

We stopped by Tenryuji, one of Kyoto’s great old Zen temples from the 14th century, to walk the garden.  This is one of those times no words were spoken, and none needed.

 

 

 

 

The heavy rains feed new bamboo shoots. These things grow like mad- I can tell you this shoot didn't exist two weeks earlier, and it had already reached a meter or so.

 

Further upriver, leaving the city proper. No boatmen fool enough to travel the rapids at times like these.

 

The lone temple tower of Daihikaku, humble outpost on the mountainside.

 

Even as I continue to upload the last adventure’s images, I am preparing for the next.  My good friend my sister arrives tomorrow; I am so excited to show her everything.

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