Night Falls.....

P1010416.JPGDespite what any calenders or men of weather may be telling you let me assure you,

Summer is Here!

The days are hot (t-shirt weather) but not yet stifling, the nights still pleasantly cool and Kyoto Natives have regained control (at least temporarily) of their Ancient Capitol as the armies of tourists have retreated (at least temporarily) to the comfort of their homes.

Yes, K-Friends and Visitors, roam the streets at night around now and the City is yours- Wide Open, mostly free, lushly serene and maintaining a degree of public privacy that anyone could/should cherish and enjoy.

Submitted for your approval just one minor example- Okazaki Jinja.P1010386.JPG

My neighborhood place to unwind in the cool of the evening and away from the madding crowds, cameras, cars and general cacophony.

This Shrine is actually, and specifically, for Mothers-to-be and offerings for the healthy births of their imminent offspring and perhaps because of this vibe it always makes me feel giddily hopeful as I lurk under the moon and breath in its tranquil air.

If you happen to be in the Family Way stop by and say hello to the Rabbit, drop a note, say a prayer or just fake it.


And my point is that at this very time of year (and especially in the evening when everyone else may be chasing their own or someone else's tail) K-Town is chock full of these gentle pools of peace and blissful escapes from the ubiquitous hubbub of our 21st Century Ratrace so why not shake a leg and poke your nose around a few corners?

In Kyoto you really never know what secrets you can find.

So throw away those maps and explore!P1010378.JPG

posted by Billy at 18:52 | Kyoto (Japan)