Groves and Geisha

Another beautiful sunny day as we set off on the train for Arashiyama. First stop was the beautiful zen garden of Tenry-ji temple; a beautiful lake surrounded by trees and slopes all carpeted with thick green moss.

Autumn leaves and last seasons lotus.

Autumn leaves and last seasons lotus.

A sacred shrine is no reason to be more than a few metres from a vending machine!

A sacred shrine is no reason to be more than a few metres from a vending machine!

Jenny in the garden

Jenny in the garden

The garden exits into a bamboo grove; lovely but a lot smaller than I was expecting after the rave in the Lonely Planet guide.

Bamboo grove

Bamboo grove

Bamboo Grove

Bamboo Grove

The river at Arashiyama

The river at Arashiyama

We crossed the river [spying a trainee Geisha and a wedding] and walked [slowly!] up a series of steep paths and steps to another monkey park and a fabulous view across Kyoto. It provided another opportunity to eat more excellent ice-cream [Black Vanilla, Musk Melon & Mango were today’s selections]. The monkeys at this park are fed so they were rather more feisty!

Trainee Geisha

Trainee Geisha

Macaques in a tree

Macaques in a tree

monkey with a vew

monkey with a vew

Come and get chestnuts [monkeys only]

Come and get chestnuts [monkeys only]

The boys were keen to go back to Kyoto city in the evening, so we headed off again on the subway. Fortunately the shopping arcades have plenty to keep Rod, Chris and I amused while we wait for them to tire of the game arcade [or get hungry which comes first!].

Very cranky!

Very cranky!

Would you eat here?!

Would you eat here?!

Handbag with a test pattern design

Handbag with a test pattern design

An entire shop of Harp Seals [including a Pancake Seal complete with butter & a Toast seal!!]

An entire shop of Harp Seals [including a Pancake Seal complete with butter & a Toast seal!!]

This is edible, a cartoon character apparently to be served on top of salad or vegetables for children! It actually had very little flavour.

This is edible, a cartoon character apparently to be served on top of salad or vegetables for children! It actually had very little flavour.

Tim's dinner from a selection of food from the local supermarket. Even Japanese sandwiches taste amazingly good & surprisingly we can eat really cheaply.

Tim’s dinner from a selection of food from the local supermarket. Even Japanese sandwiches taste amazingly good & surprisingly we can eat really cheaply.

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2 Responses to Groves and Geisha

  1. 4cassandra says:

    WOW and WOW some more…..(can I use the geisha and put a cats head on her for an art work ? )

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