Thursday, January 5, 2017

Autumn in Kyoto - part 2

- Nature -

If early spring has its hanami, the celebration of the cherry blossom, late autumn also indulges into its own, spiritual and contemplative way to aknowledge the seasons' cycle. Momijigari, a.k.a. kōyō (紅葉), literally means "hunting the red leaves" and refers to the act (widespread throughout Japan) of going and witnessing the reddening of the leaves - mostly the maple trees'. Kyoto is a very popular place for kōyō...

- Toriis -

Generally found at the entrance of Shinto shrines and temples, a torii (鳥居, literally "bird perch") symbolically represents the transition from mundane to sacred. The word torii likely derived from the Indian torana, as did the German tür and... the English door. At Inari temples, people often donate a torii as an expression of their gratitude: the Fushimi-inari featured below has thousands of them.

- Wallis...

...and Futuna, too. Not that we particularly enjoy appearing on pictures. But sometimes, it happens anyway. Well, it's not like Kinkaku-ji needs any of us on the postcard: wouldn't make it look any better whatsoever. It's still nice to scroll through some un(t)ravel pics - or just "life" pics - and recognize your partner, yourself, or the two of you, somewhere special. Or somewhere unspecial, as well. And not all of them, just some.

Well, that's mostly it. You probably ended up here after seeing the first part of this blog/album.
Were it not the case and would you crave to anyway, you could still click here: Autumn in Kyoto - part 1.
Almost time to pack and go home now, whatever that means for us at the moment...

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