All about a beautiful path in Kyoto with cherry trees along canal like a stream from Lake Biwa. You can enjoy Japanese great landscape when walking on the path called "Philosopher's Walk".


【2005.12.20 Tuesday 】 author : スポンサードリンク
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Nashinoki-jinja is on the east side of Imperial Palace

Nashinoki-jinja is on the east side of Imperial Palace, so it is very easy to access it.
I saw Hagi,Japanese bush clover or lespedeza turn yellow.
It is famous for its Hagi and they have Hagi festival the third of Saturday in Sempember every year.

Like in photo, they hung lots of "Tanzaku" or Japanese paper called "Washi" which "Haiku"was written.

Haiku is the shortest form of poetry in Japan.
It tells a story or makes a picture in your mind of something that happens in nature.
Many descriptive words are used in this seventeen-syllable poem. Usually haiku is written in three lines.
There are five syllables in the first line, seven in the second,
and five in the third.
It does not rhyme.
from this HP"Japanese Haiku"

If you have some more interest in Haiku, please take a look at this fine site.

I guess we don't study poem as hard as you do in the U.S.A at school.
We study Japanese classics a lot like Genji-monogatari,or Tale of Genji and Heike-monogatari.("monogatari" means a story.)
Both are written in Heian period. I studied twice a week at high school. The reason which I guess is below.
It was not until Heian period that Japanese had our own culture in ourselves.
Before Heian period, we had great influence from China and Korea. We wore clothes from China and Korea, and have our hair style like Chinese did. We also have Kanji borrowed from China in writing system.
But in Heian period, some Japanese women start writing by using their own letters called Hiragana, while men with power ignored them and insist on using Kanji borrowed from China when writing on public document.

Tale of Genji or "Genji monogatari" is written by Japanese own letters called Hiragana created by women. It tells us how fragile love is and how sad women's lives are because even women born in powerful aristocrat family and married high ranked aristocrat had no choice but to obey men's order.

I suppose women today like Genji monogatari rather than men today does. So boys at high school have difficulty studying Genji monogatari with litte interest in it.

I like reading novels and comic books of Genji monogatari, the original is too difficult to read for fun.

【2004.11.13 Saturday 16:07】 author : walking
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Spring water from well at Nashinoki-jinja

The picture shows a few people line up for spring water called "Somei-no-mizu" ("mizu" means water). It is drinkable.

We can pour water into pet bottles brought from our home. Sign says the limit is 6 litters a day. There is a small box for us to put money. It doesn't say how much money we have to put in, but I always put a couple of dollars at a time for 1〜1.5 litters.

Somei-no-mizu is the only one we can still drink in Kyoto city.
There were three famous spring water for its great taste, but now 2 of them are run out.

One is inside a park around Imperial Palace and the other is now rebuilded at famous Japanese-style confection store at Rokujyo-dori in Kyoto city.

Nashinoki-jinja is very close to Imperial Palace, so I recommend you to visit Nashinoki-jinja and have some spring water to moisten your throat.
【2004.11.13 Saturday 14:54】 author : walking
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Moan, the Japanese style cafe on the top of Yosidayama

Yoshida-yama(See the map of My Kind Of Kyoto) is about 15minutes'walk from Philosopher's walk.
Yoshidayama is to the north of Ginkakuji-temple(See my categoly. "yama" means Mountain in English.

Yoshidayama is almost covered with Yoshida-jinjya and Munetada-jinjya, which once was a part of Yoshida-jinjya.

What is great about Yoshida-yama is rather a hill than a mountain, so you can get to the top easily and there you can take a rest at Japanese style cafe named "Moan". Here is official site in Japanese.

It opens from 11:30〜18:00. Lunch Time 11:30〜14:00
Monday closed,when Monday is a national holiday, Tuesday will be closed.
TEL・FAX/ 075-761-2100

I guess there are lots of young waitress and waiter so you could speak in English to them on the phone if you have any question to ask before visiting.

As you see in the picture, you see Daimonji-yama and Japanese Maple trees if you go up the Yoshida-yama from the east entrance.

East entrance is here in Japanese.

I always have trouble finding Kyoto map in English. If you know good one in English which I can see on the web site, will someone let me know, please?

【2004.11.12 Friday 15:16】 author : walking
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Nov 11th Japanese Maple Trees

This photo is blurred maybe because of a sprinkling rain and dense cloud of the morning.

This Japanese maple tree was like this a week ago. I would say this is nomal beauty. I know it sounds strange...

It was warm for this time of the year, so the speed of getting colored this week has been slow and we see little change.

They say it will be rainy tomorrow but I doubt it because our weather forecast doesn't work as well as it used to.

【2004.11.11 Thursday 15:14】 author : walking
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