Kyoto – Shrines, Temples, Gardens and More!

Yesterday and today, we spent time in Kyoto – our old home. We saw a bunch of temples, shrines, gardens, and other things.

We went to Murin-an yesterday morning. Murin-an is near Keage Subway Station. Murin-an has a tea house that is surrounded by a Japanese style garden. It was built in the late 1800s.

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A stream in Murin-an.

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There was a very small museum on the ground with pictures and tea artifacts.

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This is an ink stone and case.

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We got a cup of maccha and a Japanese style sweet. Teddy thought it was kind of like a weird, Japanese-style buckeye.

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After Murin-an, we stopped and got something cool to eat. I got Uji Kindoki Kakigori. It’s shaved ice flavored with green tea syrup with a topping of sweet red beans. Yum!!

After our short break, we continued on to Tenjuan. Tenjuan was constructed in 1337 to commemorate the founding of Nanzenji. However, the original buildings burnt down, and the current ones date back to the 1600s.

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Lotuses going to seed.

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Rock garden at Tenjuan.

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There was a tiny waterfall on the lake at Tenjuan.

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The lake at Tenjuan was very green and pretty.

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After Tenjuan, we headed towards Hojo Garden, a part of Nanzenji. These aquaducts are along the way.

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I found a Jen-sized arch!!

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This was the closest we could find to a Teddy-sized one.

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This is Hojo Garden, one of the most scenic Japanese gardens. It was created around 1600.

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Rock gardens are common in temple gardens.

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This crane was hanging out in the garden.

After the garden, we headed to Proverbs for lunch. One the way, we saw this fabulous shirt:

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“Alive Eternals, Confusion will be my epitaph”. Okay then.

Lunch at Proverbs was fabulous. We got soymilk ramen. Afterwards, we went to Demachiyanagi and played in the river.

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There are super cute turtle rocks mixed with the regular stepping stones.

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Here’s me wading in the river. Teddy declared it too painful, so he just soaked his feet.

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I made it all the way to the bridge!

After playing at the river, we headed downtown. There was a super long wait for karaoke, so we got some ice cream!

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I got mango-raspberry, and Teddy got coconut-caramel-macadamia.

After karaoke, I searched out and found Mumokuteki (which is amazing – it is well-hidden). I had eaten there when I studied in Kyoto, so Teddy never got to try it until yesterday.

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We got the gluten tonkatsu and the okara-age.

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This is a pretty ice sculpture that was outside of our hotel.

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Honestly, I don’t even know what is going on here. This is just one of those WTF Japan moments.

Wednesday and Thursday, we watched fire dancing at the river. These pictures are of Muuta, one of the performers.

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Here, Muuta acted like he was going to have Teddy swallow fire, and had him close his eyes. 😀

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I can’t remember what these are called, but they look like jointed boomerangs.

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Well, that is all for now! The next post will be about Heian Jingu, Gion, and Daimonji!


2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Marie Elder
    Aug 16, 2013 @ 17:06:40

    Great pix, as usual. I LOVE fire dancing!!!


  2. Barb Lange
    Aug 16, 2013 @ 19:24:25



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