Saturday, 18 February 2012

CXLIV - Kyoto

O hai.

The pretty ponds in Heian Jingu are inhabited by many different species of fish, amphibians, insects, and turtles. This little fellow seemed to be begging for a morsel of our lunch.

Thursday, 16 February 2012

Wednesday, 15 February 2012

CXLII - Kyoto

Heian Jingu is surrounded by four delightful gardens, which are meticulously tended by an army of gardeners every day of the year. The occasional charming sight of a forgotten bamboo rake reminds us of how the Japanese garden's apparently wild and natural beauty is in fact perfectly planned.

CXLI - Kyoto

A lotus flower decoration on the railings of Heian Jingu.

CXL - Kyoto

A musubi-ki (むすび木, "knot tree") in front of the entrance to Heian Jingu shrine. It's a bare tree where people tie their omikuji when the predicted fortune is negative.

Doesn't it look like a pretty cherry tree covered with blossoms?

A short message

I'm writing a quick note to apologise for the prolonged absence. Things have been very busy in the last year, but I hope to resume posting regularly from now on. 


( ^_^)/ やぁ!


Saturday, 22 January 2011


Can you tell I like photographing details?

Shimenawa (注連縄) is a special plaited rope made of rice straw which is used to mark the presence of holy places in Shinto faith and to ward off evil.

I love how the golden colour of the straw contrasts with the bright red of the shrine in sunny days.


This is my entry for the10th edition of Show Me Japan. Please check it out!

Friday, 21 January 2011

CXXXVI - Kyoto

A detail of one of the ladles from Heian Jingu's temizu fountain.