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Two Views from the Westin Miyako, Kyoto

The two photos below were snapped with a little “smartphone.”  The first on July 31 and the one below it on August 3, 2011.  They were both taken from my little balcony, attached to my room at the Westin Miyako Hotel in Kyoto.  I’ve posted them, or versions of them, before, last year near the times I took them.  I offer them again because they’re somewhat peaceful and calm-making, I think.

Looking towards Nanzen-ji Temple, Kyoto. 31 July 2011.

Looking east, towards Nanzen-ji Temple, Kyoto. 31 July 2011.

I took this in the afternoon, after arriving at the hotel.  The sun’s behind where the camera’s pointing, beginning to go down in the west.  You can see large main gate (yes, that’s a “gate” — the Sanmon, completed in 1628) of Nanzen-ji Temple on the left.

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Looking north towards Okazaki District. Kyoto, 3 August 11.

I took this in the morning.  The sun’s to my right.  The green roof on the left, towards the foreground, is the International Community House.  Lots of memories there.  In the background, against the last green hills, you can see several of Kurodani-dera’s buildings (Kurodani Temple).

I hope you like these photos. . .

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Random Kyoto

Note:  this  —  and all Super Technical photos below —  taken with my phone.

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Earlier today, at 9:15 a.m., I taxi’d with clients to a meeting with Such’n’such Company.  Met until 11:30.  Lunch at that okonomiyaki (お好み焼き) place in Gion at Shi-jo & Nawate-dori.  Then with a few hours til our next, late afternoon meeting, we all walked to Kiyomizu-dera.  In August.  The heat and humidity that makes Kyoto famous put on a show for us.  It was pretty brutal.  We took a taxi back to the hotel.  Another hour to r & r, and clean up, and then we all met in the lobby in the late afternoon to go to our next meeting.  It went well.  After that, dinner with a local professional at a quiet, out of the way restaurant.  A really, really nice dinner.  I’m thinking all business meetings should be done in one’s socks.  The meeting part went pretty well.

These are some photos I took on my earlier morning walk around San-jo, Awataguchi, Gion, and then on the way to and at Kiyomizu-dera.

Furukawa Market. Before business hours. Kyoto. August 1.

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Along the Shirakawa, between San-jo and Gion. Kyoto. August 1.

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Seems more of a Proclamation than a question. San-jo street. Kyoto. August 1.

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Shi-jo street, from Yasaka Shrine. Kyoto. August 1.

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Early morning in Gion, along Shi-jo. Kyoto. August 1.

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Gion, Shirakawa. Kyoto. August 1.

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Mailbox. Gion. Kyoto. August 1.

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Gion. Kyoto. August 1. This one just needs to be in B&W. I've my reasons..

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Gion house. Detail. Kyoto. August 1.

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Prayers to Kamisama. Yasaka-jinja. Kyoto. August 1.

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Lanterns ("chochin"). Yasaka-jinja. Kyoto. August 1.

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Poster. Not a bad J-Pop band. Look 'em up. Kyoto. August 2011.

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People posing. In front of Kiyomizu-dera. Kyoto. August 1.

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Nice orchid. Westin Miyako lobby. Kyoto. August 1.

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To Osaka for the day tomorrow.

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Lagniappe.

"Manager's Choice." On the wall at Coffee House. Nawate Street. Kyoto. 2011.

At the very top it just says (restaurant’s) recommendations.

Then, reading downward, it goes from a traditional Kyoto-style cookie, to octopus fritters, to tasty Kyoto frothy tea au lait (with frothy green tea) to tasty Kyoto frothy green tea parfait.  Cool.  Oh, and everything on the menu is available from 5:00 p.m. til 5:00 a.m.

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From my little balcony, facing north, towards Kurodani Temple. July 31.

As I’m here on business, I made a point not to bring a “nice camera” along, so all shots from this trip come from my little Droid phone.  Those buildings (roofs) to the left of the photo are the gate, main worship hall and lecture hall of Kurodani Temple.  (which this site’s regulars know I have something of an obsession with).  If you look closely on the extreme right-hand side of the photo you can see the very top of the pagoda that sits atop Kurodani’s eastern hill.

View from my little balcony if I look to my right:  Nanzen-ji Temple ( This photo, in my Rain Gallery, was taken about three years ago, just at Nanzen-ji’s entrance):

Just after the rain. View looking east, from Westin Miyako room. July 31, 2011.

Several things motivate me to post these pieces on Japan, especially regarding Kyoto-related experiences. Obviously, I just enjoy share with others places that I’ve found special over the years.  I want for people who will never come here to feel at least a bit, if only a slight bit, of what I do.  For those who’ve been to Kyoto, it’s a gift to remind you of places that I know have moved you, too, to reignite memories.  A few residents, or people who are within hours of Kyoto, stop by this website, too.  Not that you need any reminding of what a unique place this is, but I hope that my perspective — the perspective of someone who stops by once or twice a year, as it’s been the past dozen years; someone who himself once lived nearby (close to Hirakata-shi, down the Keihan Line) — helps reinforce your affection for this singular place.

Morning gloaming, from my hotel room  . . .

About 10-til-5:00 a.m. East mountains, facing north. Kyoto. August 1.

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Later on this morning the semi (pron. “seh-mee” / セミ・ cicadas) are making a wonderful, powerful racket here:

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