Following the International Conference on Field Programmable Technology we spent some time in Kyoto and Osaka.
Clear Water Temple is a World Heritage Site. Here are some schoolgirls playing with water.
This is Clear Water Temple itself, with a view of Kyoto in the background. Built in 1633, it is a magnificent piece of carpentry.
Massive pieces of timber were used and lots of fancy joints.
We then took the bus to nearby Gion.
Japanese marbled beef restaurant.
The Shinto Fushimi Inari Shrine with many torii gates.
Of all the places we visited, I was most impressed by Nijo Castle and its surrounding gardens.
A simple breakfast.
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.
In Osaka, it is easy to tell which restaurants specialise in what food.
Didn’t try this.
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.