When you go south from Shijo-dori in Kyoto along the Kamogawa River, you’ll find Miyagawa-cho. This street remains a Japanese old atmosphere , and is calm and quiet. We met a Maiko-san when we walked on this street in the early afternoon. I asked her if I could take some photos, but she softly rejected my request.
Fences made of bamboo are peculiar to Kyoto.
It looked like the entrance of someone’s house, but actually a narrow path stretched out.
The Miyagawa-cho extending from north to south crosses Yasaka-dori which extends from east to west. Then, we walked west on the Yasaka-dori, and reached Kennin-ji. This temple is the oldest Zen temple in Kyoto. It is also famous for a painting “Fujin (the wind god) and Raijin (the thunder god)” by Tawaraya Sotatsu.
This is the entrance, Chokushi-mon.
This pond is called Hojyo-ike. Lotus flowers were blooming.
The building you can see behind the trees is San-mon.
This building is the Hodo.
This is a close-up of the wood detail just below the roof.
This is the Honbo.
“Pikachu” is on the roof!
We walked around the gardens of the temple, where there were various buildings.
Finally, we returned to the “Hojyo-ike.” There were many trees and a pleasant breeze in the garden of the temple.
When we left the Kennin-ji and walked west on the Yasaka-dori, Yasakanoto loomed in front of us.
This is Ninen-zaka.
This is Minamiza Theater.
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