the Heian Jingu Shrine
he is selling sweets?
traditionally dressed maikos pose for the snapping cameras
because it is cherry blossem weekend
a busy day at the temple
an old alley, watch your step, it's slippery
at the Otowa waterfall many want to taste the kyomizu, or pure water
the view from the balcony
The Kiyomizu balcony rests on wooden pilars. Not a single nail was used to construct it
Kyoto has been the capital of imperial Japan for more than a millenium untill Tokyo took over that role in 1869.
It all started in
794 when Emperor Kanmu set up a new town far from a growing influence of the pushy Buddhist clergy.
The city still has many buildings
and monuments of the imperial period.
I visited Kyoto and nearby Osaka many times for business, but never found time
to actually see the city.
But in March 2006 we had a chance to spend a full day sightseeing Kyoto.
fortunate and thankful that Mr. Yamasaki from Philips Lighting Japan sacrificed his weekend to show us around.
it rained for most of the day, but we still got a good impression of the grandeur of this old capital of Japan.
the Kara Mon or Chinese Gate in Nijo Castle gives passage to the Ninomaru Palace
the gardens of the Ninomaru Palace are meticulously maintained
A nicely dressed smiling maiko
we visit the must-see Kinkaku Ji, also called the Golden Pavilion
after a long day of sightseeing, it's time for a real Japanese dinner
even with rain you can take nice pictures