Sunday, November 30, 2014
Saturday, November 29, 2014
On the walk back down the hill, it was very much dusk, and the lights were on in all the shops. We passed this one, which I thought was just beautiful. Just fans! Yes, we can buy fans in Australia, but a shop that just sells fans and nothing but? I haven't seen one like this before. How stunning is this?
Friday, November 28, 2014
Thursday, November 27, 2014
Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Tuesday, November 25, 2014
Monday, November 24, 2014
This photo was taken late in the afternoon and I was surprised to see so many people still out and about shopping. Though I found out later that the shops in Japan stay open until very late. At least the ones that I experienced stayed open until way after 9.30 pm. There were many shops along this street, all kinds of strange food, some of it black which I was not game to taste. Things in packets that I could not read. There were fan shops, clothing stores, food stores, souvenir stores, and much more. A lot of them were aimed at the tourist market, which of course included us. Yes, I did buy something, but more on that later. This street was very interesting and there was a prize for climbing right to the end, but more on that later too.
Sunday, November 23, 2014
Saturday, November 22, 2014
Friday, November 21, 2014
Thursday, November 20, 2014
Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Tuesday, November 18, 2014
One of the guides told us that if we had of come just a few weeks later, the colours on the trees would be better. I still think it is stunning, going from bright green through to a bright red., all on one small tree.
Also note the beautifully trimmed shrubs underneath the maple trees. Think these may have been Azaleas.
Monday, November 17, 2014
Sunday, November 16, 2014
The inside walls, floors and ceilings of this building are amazing. The walls and ceilings were beautifully decorated, while the floors were timber, covered with tatami mats. The floors are what is called "nightingale floors", which squeak when an intruder is present. The 'squeak' is very quiet, and sounds like a bird singing, enough to let the residences know when there was in intruder about.
This was a "shoes off" building, as were a lot of the buildings in Japan. Unfortunately I have no photos of inside this building, as cameras were not allowed
Saturday, November 15, 2014
Although similar in style, the old structures were all different when you looked closely. The patterns to be found within the decorations are endless. I found the little circles at the end of each roof ridge to also have patterns, and the patterns of these on each building were different.
I can't really remember what this particular structure is. It looks like the end of a wall. What I do know is that is somewhere inside the grounds of the Nijo Castle, Kyoto, Japan.
Friday, November 14, 2014
As a stitcher, the patterns in this structure alone would keep me inspired for quite some time. They are so intricate and full of minute detail.
Thursday, November 13, 2014
This tree was in the grounds of Nijo Castle in Kyoto, Japan. The garden there was stunning, as were the buildings. More pics to come.
Wednesday, November 12, 2014
As for the crop, I still am not sure what it is. Not the right colour for rice ( at least that's what I think). Our travel group had a small discussion as to what it might be but we came up undecided. A few days later, on a tour, I asked our guide. He was not sure either, but came up with canola, as they use canola oil in their cooking.
Whatever it is, as usual mass plantings make for dramatic views.