Kyoto Daily Photo
This blog is a collection of the photos, showing the daily beauty in Kyoto.
Thursday, January 31, 2008
Wednesday, January 30, 2008
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
Monday, January 28, 2008
Sunday, January 27, 2008
The zoom-in of roof shingled by thin wooden plates, at Gingakuji Temple, in Kyoto
This is the zoom-in of the section of a neatly-shingled roof and the plates seems to be arranged neater than necessary.
The section in the photo is a part of the roof of the upper building, which looks very simple, seen from a distance.
The excessive neatness.
This is what the simplicity, or the elegance, is based on...
Friday, January 25, 2008
The roofs shingled by the bark of Japanese cypress, hinoki(檜) in Japanese, at Gingakuji Temple, in Kyoto
Thursday, January 24, 2008
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
Noren, a cloth hung on at the entrance of shop
This is Noren, cloth hung on at the entrance of shops or restaurants and the letter on the cloth shows a tea shop. The cloth says the bigger word, Cha(茶), meaning tea in Japanese, and below the word are the name of the shop, Ippodo(一保堂), written. I don't have any business relation with the shop but this is one of the best tea shops in Kyoto.
Monday, January 21, 2008
Sunday, January 20, 2008
Saturday, January 19, 2008
Small birds on the blind in Kyoto
This is sudare or misu in Japanese, blinds made of a kind of straws. It doesn't allows the sun light to go inside the house but allows the breeze to come inside.
By the way, the straws have the joints like bamboos because the inside is void. The photo shows that only the slight displacement of their joints draws the flying birds on it. The bird is flying on the blind, sometimes flapping driven by the breeze.
Have a nice weekend!
Friday, January 18, 2008
Many stone status at Adashino-Nenbutsuji Temple in Kyoto
These are small tombs for miscarried babies and those who had no relatives. Some of them were carved with buddha image on the surface and the other carved with guardian deity of children, called Jizo in Japanese, though it is hard to recognize because of the long-exposure to the air and totally the worn-out surfaces.
By the way, we call babies aka-chan. Aka means red and chan is something of a title for babies or children or cute girls in Japanese. The color, red, means baby in this case, so the red apron is hung on the status.
Thursday, January 17, 2008
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
Gradation at Kozanji Temple, in Kyoto
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
Wooden forms of dried sweets, part 2
Here is the zoom-in picture and its explanation of dried sweets.
Monday, January 14, 2008
Sunday, January 13, 2008
Straw bandage against the cold, at Katsura Imperial Villa, in Kyoto
People are covering plants with straws, which are King Sago Palm, to protect them against Kyoto's winter's cold. Because the plants are originally from southern Japan and rather sensitive to the cold so they are protected by something of straws.
Saturday, January 12, 2008
An delicious ice cream in Kyoto
Perhaps as you know, Kyoto is the paradise of sweets, partly because Kyoto is the capital of green tea and the bitter taste of the tea goes well with the sweetness.
By the way, there is also an ice cream shop, named KyoKinana, in Gion, the center of Maiko and Geiko. It serves some kinds of incredibly delicious ice cream. If you are sweet lover and once you will eat them, you cannot leave Kyoto!!
Have a nice sweet weekend!!
Friday, January 11, 2008
Thursday, January 10, 2008
Wednesday, January 09, 2008
Tuesday, January 08, 2008
Otsukemono, pickled vegetables, Kyoto
Here is another post of Japanese pickled vegetables with the explanation of them.
Monday, January 07, 2008
The edge of wooden roof, at Ginkakuji Temple, in Kyoto
Sunday, January 06, 2008
Kagami-mocchi, rice cake with some decorations
This is called Kagami-mochi in Japanese and one of New Year's decorations. It is decorated at Tokonoma, the main alcove of houses, to welcome gods and keep the evil spirits away from them. The mochi is put to hope the long life because the food is very stretchable when being eaten. The nature of stretch means long life. But the irony is that some senior adults unfortunately happen to choke on to passing away every year after eating the food to hope the long life.
Saturday, January 05, 2008
Tenpura Soba noodle
Friday, January 04, 2008
Surume, dried squid
These dried squids are called surume in Japanese and one of the typical appetizer for drinking, especially going well with beers. We usually eat them with a little mayonnaise and powdered red pepper after roasted lightly and torn up in long and thin.
This is a little hard and many bites are needed to swallow down, but the more bite, the more tasty, unlike chewing gam.
Thursday, January 03, 2008
Wednesday, January 02, 2008
Kadomatsu, a decoration mainly consisted of bamboo and pine
Tuesday, January 01, 2008
The theme day, "My best photograph from last year"
A happy new year from Kyoto, Japan!!
I selected this photo because the autumn is one of the most popular seasons to enjoy Kyoto.
I wish you a lot of happiness and joy in 2008!
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