Postcard from Kyoto and Osaka

Following the International Conference on Field Programmable Technology we spent some time in Kyoto and Osaka.

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Clear Water Temple is a World Heritage Site. Here are some schoolgirls playing with water.

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Prayer cards.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Nice hat.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

This is Clear Water Temple itself, with a view of Kyoto in the background. Built in 1633, it is a magnificent piece of carpentry.

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Massive pieces of timber were used and lots of fancy joints.

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This picture is actually quite misleading as autumn was long over.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAA beautiful garden.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

We then took the bus to nearby Gion.

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Many tourists enjoy dressing up in kimonos and taking selfies.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Japanese marbled beef restaurant.

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The Shinto Fushimi Inari Shrine with many torii gates.

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Of all the places we visited, I was most impressed by Nijo Castle and its surrounding gardens.

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A serious mortise and tenon.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Nishiki market.

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A simple breakfast.

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Japanese knives are only ground on one side (chisel grind) and hence are either left or right handed. This was part of the left handed offerings.

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Sharpening bench.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Not sure if he is applying his maker’s stamp here.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA  OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

We then went to a ryokan on Lake Biwa, the largest freshwater lake in Japan,OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

and played camping.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

A private spa in the ryokan.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

 

A bit of a feast with Japanese marbled beef, sashimi and crab.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Following the visit to Lake Biwa, we went to Kyoto station and took the train to Osaka.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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Pedestrians have to share the pavement with cyclists.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

A professional hitman with his wife.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

In Osaka, it is easy to tell which restaurants specialise in what food.

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Didn’t try this.

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Noodle bar.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Overall, we had a great time in Kyoto and Osaka. This was the first time I’ve been there and I would definitely not pass up an opportunity to return.

2 thoughts on “Postcard from Kyoto and Osaka”

  1. Phil,

    Looks like you had another fabulous trip. Warren’s fiancé is from Osaka. I will forward these lovely snapshots to her.

    Auntie Emily

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