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Tenryu-ji and a day in Kyoto
Lens: Tamron 17-50 f 2.8 Camera: K5iis Photo Location: Kyoto, Japan 
Posted By: RobG, 11-09-2014, 04:22 AM



The gardens at Tenryu-ji in Kyoto are beautiful even in winter. Hopefully one day I can see them in spring, when they're green! Now that I have your attention, hopefully I'll be permitted this indulgence; a photo from my Olympus. I tried to achieve a panorama with the Tamron lens, but the sun was in completely the wrong place and it's ruined by lens flare. Somehow, the Olympus managed it.




Just around the corner from Tenryu-ji is the Arashiyama bamboo forest. Best photographed at a different time of year; this was the third of January, and Kyoto was packed with Japanese people on their New Year holidays.



Later the same day I went to the Fushimi Inari Taisha, probably the most famous Inari shrine in Japan because of the thousands of Torii. The crowds were mind boggling.



Even so, I managed a couple of photos here which I love.



This is a kitsune, a fox spirit, carrying the prayers of the people to the gods.



These kids were having a wonderful time running around the mountainside through all the torii. I bet their parents had to carry them back to the train to get home!

Rather than wait for enough trains to carry the thousands of visitors away, I decided to walk back to my hotel; quite a few kilometres. It gave me the chance to see some things along the way, like this tiny house.



And this tiny shrine. This Inari shrine was probably once in the midst of rice paddies, but now it's on the edge of a shop's car park.



To make up for the long walk, I had dinner at a noodle restaurant where you can watch them making the noodles before you go upstairs. One of the noodle makers is cutting the buckwheat dough into noodles.



And this is what I had for my main course; Nishin Soba, with some nice sake (rice wine).


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Informative report. Thanks for sharing
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Informative report. Thanks for sharing
Thanks! I thought that people might be curious what a day of touring Kyoto could be like.
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I thought that people might be curious what a day of touring Kyoto could be like.
It's always interesting to learn about the places where still not able to visit.

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like this tiny house
They've a wee car to match too, didn't see who lived there by any chance.
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That's an awesome set--a day well spent with the camera...I've never been able to combine travel and photography very well, but you inspire me to keep lugging my kit around.
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nice set. thanks for sharing
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What a wonderful set of photos, Rob. These do it all - artistically framed and technically excellent - as good as it gets, bud.


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beautiful images. well done
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It's always interesting to learn about the places where still not able to visit.
Absolutely! This forum is a great place to learn about places to visit.

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They've a wee car to match too, didn't see who lived there by any chance.
This is Japan after all.

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That's an awesome set--a day well spent with the camera...I've never been able to combine travel and photography very well, but you inspire me to keep lugging my kit around.
Thank you! I get plenty of exercise carrying the backpack with three cameras (the K5iis, Olympus TG2 and Panasonic camcorder) and two lenses every time I travel, especially Japan where I walk so much!

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nice set. thanks for sharing
Thanks!

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What a wonderful set of photos, Rob. These do it all - artistically framed and technically excellent - as good as it gets, bud.
Thanks Jer! Now you're making me wish I was visiting Japan this Christmas again, however now this year.

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beautiful images. well done
Thanks! Japan has endless subject material. It's a fabulous place for the photographer - probably part of the reason why so many Japan people are mad keen photographers!
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Beautiful Place
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Beautiful Place
It definitely is! I just need to go in Autumn so I have seen all the seasons.
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