Travel Theme : Sports

I found this picture of my old team dragonboat teammate during one of the competition somewhere in Kyoto back in 2007. I rarely do sportsย or join competition because I’m not really good at it but it was a good, fun experience while it last.

3rd race: final


Kyoto Autumn Walk 2014

I joined an autumn walk around Kyoto last year and we saw some really nice places. We all met first in Arashiyama and walk all the way central Kyoto.

We passed by several temples and shrine but unfortunately, I lost the list of names that I made. So please enjoy the tour.


The mountain and river in Arashiyama Kyoto.

On our way to the Golden Temple, we passed by this area


The sun and the maple leaves


I think this is the Saga-Arashiyama railroad.


The maple tree and the train station.

Near the Golden Temple , we passed by a parking area and the trees are around it were very beautiful.


Yellow !!




More red maple leaves!

We stopped at nearby local park for lunch


Ginko Tree.

After lunch we continue our walk to the next shrine. It was a small one , mostly local tourist but it was beautiful. Unfortunately, I don’t think I can remember how to get there too.


The entrance to the temple or shrine(?). Unless you get inside the main hall , you don’t need to pay to enjoy the lovely trees outside.


A close up.


Another close up.


The fallen leaves.


The maple tree and the gate.

We continued our walk and on our way we passed by another big temple.


Let’s check it out.


This area is not open to the public but they opened the door, to allow visitor to glimpse at the garden.


It would be nice to have a picnic under these trees.


A small treat while walking along the Kamo River.


The Sunset.


Attempted night shot using iPhone.


Another one.

We walked more or less 20 km around Kyoto that day. The weather was great, the company was great. It was an amazing day.

Travel Theme : Ancient

I rarely used Keihan Line till recently when my work was temporary transferred somewhere in Kadoma. After the Kyoto Event a few weeks ago, I mentioned that I was getting off at Kayashima Stationย when one of the girls told me that it a station with a big tree in the middle. I automatically got curious and tried to pry more information from her but unfortunately, she did not anything and only noticed the tree when she passed by the station that day.

It was already dark, cold and drizzling when I arrived at the station and with 3 bottles of heavy Nihonshu and 8 kilometers of walking to do, I decided to postponed my exploration some other time but when I turned in the corner I found it. Seems like it wanted to be found. Maybe it heard me ๐Ÿ™‚

It is huge and looks very Ancient. They built a temple around it as well as the station.

I was searching for the story of this tree and I finally found “The Big Kusu Tree of Kayashima“. After reading the story it reminded me of another tree in Mt. Takao , although this tree was considered to be lucky.

Looking up.

After all these years, the tree is still strong and sturdy and not giving in to the concrete that is surrounding it. If this tree could talk what stories could it tell.

Summer and Autumn

What could be better in Summer than a shaved frozen mango

Shaved Frozen Mango

Yellow leaves last Autumn in Katano City, Osaka

Autumn @ Hoshida

Yellow is not my favorite color when it comes to fashion ๐Ÿ™‚ but when it comes to Nature and food, they look absolutely amazing ๐Ÿ™‚

Travel Theme: Wood

Long time no hear , my entry for this challenge after a long hiatus.

Todaiji Nara Japan
This big wooden gate is the entrance to Todaiji in Nara.

Wooden rails in the abandoned railroad of JR Fukuchiyama line in Hyogo Prefecture , Japan.

Wooden Temple Gate and wooden offering box in Yashima Temple, Kagawa Prefecture Japan

Around Takayama
A wooden eel in one of the restaurant in Takayama , Gifu Prefecture.