While in Kyoto, Typhoon Man-yi headed our way.  In the evening the winds picked up, and a heavy rain followed. Before we went to sleep, we opened the curtains and looked out at the rapidly rising water in the canal that was outside and just below our apartment’s terrace.  We did the math on the rate of the rising water, and figured we were safe for the night.

The next day revealed the damage in our Kyoto neighborhood.  The Kamo River, normally placid, hurtled debris along the banks as it raged by.  Our last day in Kyoto.  Maybe it was time to go?  We enjoyed a delicious last lunch in Kyoto at Ootoya and then took a short walk to the Shoren-in Temple.

DSC06572The Temple differed from others we visited.  The Emperor built Shoren-in in the 13th Century for his son and his son’s tutor.  From then on head priests of the temple belonged to the imperial family.


The Temple’s smaller scale and the garden’s intimacy charmed us.  All of the rooms – at pavilion level — appeared to float in and to be at one with the gardens.  Walkways between the buildings opened to the garden and water features.

DSC06568 Most visitors sat on the tatami mats to consider and appreciate what was before them.


We turned around to take one more photo before leaving of the 800 year old camphor trees.   The light was almost gone.  We were surprised to discover how late it was.  We had spent an entire peaceful afternoon at Shoren-in Temple.


September 2013

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Beth and Joe enjoy simple travel.
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