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Kyoto: the streets of Kyoto

going downhill: the streets surrounding the kyomizudera temple. notice the use of terraces for the entrance to the shops

they say that to really know a plce is to walk its streets like a native, and japan is one of those places wherein you may safely do so ;-) the streets of kyoto are amazingly rich with culture and provide a dynamic setting and contrast to the serenity of the temple distrcits which they border. most streets and alleyways are filled with shops and teahouses, which fill the air with sights, sounds, and smells that help you immerse in their culture ;-) here are some street shots i particularly enjoyed, i hope you like them too!

a play in light and shadows; the golden panels and light-colored walls seem to float amidst the dark wooden beams and tiled floor

a study in serenity in the midst of chaos, a refined teahouse in the middle of a bustling street

it's the small details that bring our attention to the innate culture of our surroundings. rainguards (L) and small lanterns (R) periodically adorn the houses

shops are filled with items to tempt tourists ;-) i thought of prinsesang musang's jin when i saw this

i was really glad we were going down instead of up, although one really wouldn't notice the weariness that climbing these steps would bring; not with all the pit stops at shops left and right ;-)

as evening slowly approached, lamps started to light up the streets

this shop is both discreet and at the same time, practically screaming "expensive!!!"

it's the vistas that you are assailed with as you walk that make the journey all the more interesting ;-)

evening bathes the whole scene in a warm, flickering light

but of course, the most important part of this walk is shopping! ;-)

and the guys have no choice but to sit and wait as i finish my purchases ;-)

but at the end of the day, juls still seemed very happy :-)
and i'm happy too :-)


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Aug. 26th, 2008 05:07 am (UTC)
Luv it
I am so gonna love it there, japanese culture and simple tiny houses.

Aug. 27th, 2008 01:39 am (UTC)
Re: Luv it
it is lovely K, but sometimes i resent the tiny closets ;-) hahaha! i want one like carrie's on SATC
Aug. 26th, 2008 05:40 am (UTC)
Wow, that seems cool!
Very nice post Caryn, I love the pics you posted, very enticing, very active business, i wish i could go there too.
Aug. 27th, 2008 01:40 am (UTC)
Re: Wow, that seems cool!
sheng, ang saya nga e. it made me wonder if similar streets existed in manila. i live quiapo, recto, and ongpin, but they're not this clean nor organized. but that's part of their charm i guess ;-)
Aug. 26th, 2008 06:22 am (UTC)
wow! this entry makes me want to go to Japan NOW!
Aug. 27th, 2008 01:41 am (UTC)
go go go!
Aug. 26th, 2008 08:18 am (UTC)
Hi Caryn, thanks again for the comment in my your pix here in japan..hope to go there someday..ingat lagi!!
Aug. 27th, 2008 01:41 am (UTC)
Re: thanks
thanks too! ;-)
Aug. 26th, 2008 08:32 am (UTC)
When I was in Japan we stayed mostly inside the naval base in Yokosuka (visiting my step sister and her family). I had couple chances walking in the little streets of oriental but somewhat identified only to japan. What I love most is japanese cuisine. The food the the way they are served is fantastic. I remember "Katsudon", "Tendon".. meal inside a jewelry box like dish. Of course I love sushi and tempura. and everything with teriyaki sauce.

Aug. 27th, 2008 01:42 am (UTC)
hi evita! thanks for dropping by ;-) japanese food is one of my faves too.

Aug. 26th, 2008 08:52 am (UTC)
Everytime I see those photos, i like the feel of the streets. They seem very much like corridors of wonder. The details giving one much pleasure as they pass :)
- sinta,
Aug. 27th, 2008 01:43 am (UTC)
hi sinta! true, i think that streets hold a lot of charm, and we just have to open our eyes to see what wonders they have on offer ;-)
Aug. 26th, 2008 09:08 am (UTC)
me too i want to go to japan!!! would you happen to know my friend base there potsquared? anyways nice pics you go there! see you around!
Aug. 27th, 2008 02:47 am (UTC)
hi! thanks for dropping by ;-) sadly, i don't know your friends, but i hope to get to know him soon ;-)
Aug. 26th, 2008 12:23 pm (UTC)
wow... talagang hindi ka na mapipigilan na maglibot dyan sa japan. i love japan's culture. i think it's really rich. thanks to your pictures. ang ganda kapag gabi na. i love the lanterns. ang ganda ng effect noh? kamusta naman ang pagsha-shopping?
Aug. 27th, 2008 02:48 am (UTC)
ay winner ang shopping ron! as in! heeheehee.

hope you're feeling better now ;-)
Aug. 26th, 2008 01:33 pm (UTC)
backstreets, etc.
i love walking through small streets, the backstreets and alley ways of cities and towns. nice set of photos here.

for some reason, when i visit your sight, it almost always takes me straight to the photo of that skewered spiral sausage, and boy oh boy, it leaves me with some nasty thoughts! lol
Aug. 27th, 2008 02:48 am (UTC)
Re: backstreets, etc.
ikaw ha, you're beginning to develop a fetish for that sausage thingie. whwhahaah! pax, i was kidding! ;-)
Aug. 26th, 2008 03:17 pm (UTC)
those cats are definitely cuties! and you are so sweet to have thought about Jin. alam mo, for a Siamese cat, Jin is very sociable, nakakatuwa. kaya uwe ka na ng RP tapos mail mo kay Jin yan para bantay niya. lol! thanks caryn, you are so sweet. i'll tell Jin all about it!
Aug. 27th, 2008 02:49 am (UTC)
Re: sweet!
hahahah! i hope jin likes them too ;-)
Aug. 26th, 2008 03:39 pm (UTC)
Cute Neko
I have one of those good luck Neko at home. My Mom brought it from Hawaii =). They're so cute.
Aug. 27th, 2008 02:57 am (UTC)
Re: Cute Neko
i got one at an annual exchange of gifts 4 christmasses ago. i wonder where that got to?
Aug. 26th, 2008 07:04 pm (UTC)
love those photos. thanks for sharing. my sis is living somewhere there in japan and she's not even sharing any pix, hayy..

Aug. 27th, 2008 02:57 am (UTC)
thanks for dropping by, analyse ;-)
Aug. 26th, 2008 07:16 pm (UTC)
what a nice walk caryn, sana maka punta naman ako jan, pasyal mo ko ha! :)
basta't lakarang shopping, in ako! :)

i love the quaint shops, the lamps, the narrow street, it's all lovely. the picture of the boys resting is so cute, nakakatuwa. :)

Aug. 27th, 2008 02:57 am (UTC)
glad to have taken you on that walk odette ;-) mas masaya if you're really here. hehehhe
Aug. 26th, 2008 09:00 pm (UTC)
Wow! thanks for the tour. i hope someday i can spend some time in Japan too. Hanggang airport lang kse ako eh...hehehehe

~ Gracie ~
Aug. 27th, 2008 02:58 am (UTC)
gracie! i hope so too! ;-)
Aug. 27th, 2008 03:00 am (UTC)
kailan kaya ako makakapunta dyan? gustong gusto ko yung mga street dyan e..

yep nga pala, may 11 year old girl na ko :)

Aug. 27th, 2008 03:38 am (UTC)
hey manilenya! thanks for dropping by ;-) can't believe talaga na may 11-year old ka na
Aug. 27th, 2008 04:08 am (UTC)
thanks for sharing your experiences with matching photos in Kyoto. one of my dreams before was to go in Japan. maybe that's because I'm anime fanatic. hehehe.

More power sa iyo diyan and arigato gozaimasu Caryn-san sa iyong pagbisita sa aking hoshilandi...

by the way do you know Pinoy Gazette?

Aug. 27th, 2008 04:40 am (UTC)
Re: mabuhay!
hahahah! i know what you mean, my friends here who are anime fanatics live for the bi-annual manga/games convention ;-) some even sleep over at my place because we live nearby the convention center. hahaha!
Re: mabuhay! - gandarynako - Aug. 28th, 2008 01:40 am (UTC) - Expand
Aug. 27th, 2008 04:10 am (UTC)
hi caryn! this is lyingwithcloteson sa wordpress.. hehehe.. i also have an lj account (ive always wondered why we use "an" when lj is a consonant, hehehe)

thanks for dropping by my wordpress site.. and for your kind words :D

you live in japan??? i so want to visit japan one day. i have a friend who's a scholar under monbushi or something like that, but he lives in the hakodate province while his gf(who i recently met) lives in tokyo. they're both pinoy and scholars there (at talagang kinento ko di ba?!)

im dying with envy already. hehhe.. kenshin himura of the anime samurai x is from kyoto. hehehe

shucks! dami kong kwento :D
Aug. 27th, 2008 04:38 am (UTC)
OMG. i think know your friend and his girlfriend. si jp at j ba? they're my juniors; i was also a scholar under the monbukagakusho (japanese government scholarships) ;-) thanks for dropping by!
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Aug. 27th, 2008 05:46 am (UTC)
the streets reminds me of a scene from the movie memoirs of a geisha...never been to japan myself. wish to see the place in the future. sana di na mahal by then (wishful thinking lang hehe)
Aug. 28th, 2008 03:28 am (UTC)
hahaha! ako din, i wish! ;-) thanks for dropping by!
Aug. 27th, 2008 07:45 am (UTC)
fr ghee
whoahhhhhhh!!!great pics of kyoto here,Caryn!!
i had posted similar pics(the first two above) that my daughter took for me during their educational tour!i really love Kyoto..i had a regret why we havent visited it while we wre still in osaka.

thanx for sharing and keep on blogging!!

Aug. 28th, 2008 03:35 am (UTC)
Re: fr ghee
ghee! salamat sa pagdaan muli! sayang nga, di kayo pumunta, its an absolute treasure trove ;-)
Aug. 27th, 2008 03:35 pm (UTC)
i've always been interested to visit kyoto and your pics has made me want to go even more.

Aug. 28th, 2008 03:35 am (UTC)
thanks denden!
Aug. 27th, 2008 03:45 pm (UTC)
wow! kyoto just heard this place before but now parang napuntahan ko na dahil sa mga photos mo!

tnx for droppin by in my bloh...pwd na rin xlink tayo? mukhang mapadalas ata ang pagbisita ko dito..hehe
Aug. 28th, 2008 03:36 am (UTC)
Re: nice
uy, salamat! sure! would be glad to ;-)
Aug. 27th, 2008 05:02 pm (UTC)
hey there
sorry havent been able to drop by lately. hmm feeling down. :D anyway, your badge is on, thought Id let you knw cheers

Aug. 28th, 2008 03:36 am (UTC)
Re: hey there
hope you feel better soon roxy ;-)
Aug. 27th, 2008 07:35 pm (UTC)
thanks you for stopping by my site! and thank you for sharing Kyoto Streets blog. I've enjoyed reading your entry and looking through your pictures!

Aug. 28th, 2008 03:36 am (UTC)
Re: hello!
thanks too! glad to know you enjoyed them ;-)
Aug. 27th, 2008 10:00 pm (UTC)
Thanks for visiting my site. Nice pictures parang gusto ko tuloy pumunta dyan. But I'm always fascinated with the japanese culture. I actually studied the language in college able to read and write hiragana and katakana and a little bit of kanji but that was oh 20yrs ago.
Hope you don't mind me adding you in my faves lists
Aug. 28th, 2008 03:37 am (UTC)
Re: Thanks
salamat ana! sana mapadaan ka ulit ;-)
Aug. 28th, 2008 12:51 am (UTC)
you know those streets remind me of karate kid, di ba?

Aug. 28th, 2008 03:37 am (UTC)
hahaha! i know what you mean evi ;-)
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