Reflections of Kansai Through the Lens (Part 3)

The third and final part of the series is here 😀

Click the below links to view the first two parts:

  1. Reflections of Kansai Through the Lens (Part 1)
  2. Reflections of Kansai Through the Lens (Part 2)

Hope you enjoy them!

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A ramen and snacks shop at the shopping complex in Osaka aquarium area
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Kodaiji temple, Kyoto. In this hall is situated the portrait of Hideyoshi Toyotomi and his wife, Nene. Nene sits in a pose, which, the priest told me, came from the style of the queens of India.
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Tulips galore @Kyoto Botanical Garden
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A giraffe created entirely out of Lego pieces, near Legoland, Osaka.

 

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Deer abound in the ancient capital city of Nara. You can find them roaming freely everywhere, even on road intersections 😀 Like the Japanese, the deer are extremely polite and will bow to you when you offer them food!
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Kinkakuji- the golden temple of Japan and the quiet man-made pond surrounding it. One of the most visited sites in Japan, Kinkakuji was the retirement residence of the shogun Ashikaga Yoshimitsu before it was converted into a Zen temple after his death.
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Just…penguins gadding around. (Actually, now when I come to think of it, most of them were so still that I half thought they were statues instead of actual penguins :P)
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A traditional Japanese-style Starbucks on Ninenzaka street, Kyoto.
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The fleeting cherry blossoms that remind one of the preciousness of time.

 

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Temple precincts of Higashi Honganji temple, Kyoto. This is the head temple of the Otani faction of Jodo-shin Buddhism. Its main hall, the Goeido is Kyoto’s largest wooden structure and dedicated to Shinran, the sect’s founder. Next to it and almost as large is the Amidado Hall, dedicated to the Amida Buddha.
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I wonder why they named a chocolate after one of their beloved Emperors!
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Kyoto Tango railway train that goes from Kyoto to Amanohashidate. Trains in Japan are efficient and always on time.
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The Hachijo exit side of Kyoto station.
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The ninomaru palace in the Nijo castle complex in Kyoto. It was the residence of the shoguns during the Tokugawa Shogunate period. This particular building holds immense importance in Japanese history as it is the site where many important decisions were taken, including the declaration by shogun Tokugawa Yoshinobu in 1867 which restored the authority to the Imperial court, ushering in the Meiji restoration era.

 

 

 

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