Kyoto – City of Solitude

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Kyoto is Japan’s City of Solitude where old traditions heavily cling on to the unstoppable blocks of modernity. It gives you both the best of the past and present worlds, a testament that there is no need to sacrifice art and culture in order to embrace modern society. You’ll find that the past and present exist with ease and harmony.

Summer in Ginza, Kyoto

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Even with the thrive of technology and concentration of crowd, the city’s urban landscape has not abandon the beauty of and benefits from mother nature. Parks, gardens, clean waters and forests are in sync with the shrines, temples and old houses creating a beautiful façade for the city. These should be replicated to urban cities – to have green spaces while allowing arts and culture to flourish with modernity.

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The combinations of these attractions make it one of the most photographed city in the world. It is cloaked with a sublime but not necessarily melancholic feeling. This is possible because the city is the emperor’s residence for more than 1,000 years. You can really feel the serenity and simplicity of their living.

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Visit  Gion district to spot some geishas and hike all the way to Kiyomizu-dera temple. Be prepared to walk a lot to be immersed with their art, culture and way of living. The golden Kinkakuji temple is not to be missed. The entrance fee is worth it. Arashiyama bamboo grove is a little bit out of the way so make the most of it by visiting the Hozu river and the shrines surrounding the grove. One of my favorites is the Fushimi-Inari temple because it is a 2-hour hike from the base all the way to the top and back! We were fortunate to witness the sunset descending upon the whitish landscape of the city.

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7 Comments

  1. Good morning Levi…
    I’m sure that you can tell by the number of “likes” I have left for you this morning that I have been lingering on your site for some time… wandering in the photos of places and of people that you have captured so magnificently… I am unable to travel due to health reasons and wanted to thank you for sharing your travels with us…. for taking me to places that I never would have been able to experience without your wonderful photography and your willingness to share with us your experiences…
    Thank you so very much…
    Hope your day is filled with many beautiful moments…..
    Michael

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    1. Thank you Michael for your nice words! Been trying to travel a lot before opportunities run out. Save then travel. Some people think I’m wasting my time and money but I think we all have our choices. It’s never a waste to spend on travels because of the moments/memories that become part of life. I’m not confident that I’ll never have regrets but I’m trying not to have regrets. Have a great day too!

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      1. Hi Levi… I don’t believe it is ever a waste of time or money to experience life… because of your ‘choices’… you have brought to me the enlightenment of places I never would have seen… of people I would have never had the opportunity to enjoy seeing… Your choices have brightened the world of another human being…
        The result… is “Priceless”….
        Thank you…
        Michael

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