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Walking through Culture in Kyoto

Posted on 01 February 2010 by Nellie Huang

I throw out my fortune-telling sticks in Kyoto’s Kiyomizu temple; my Japanese friends translates, ‘You will have good fortune in 2010.’ I’ve never been a believer of such old-fashioned predicaments, but it’s hard not to fall for this. I am after all, in Kyoto, a gorgeous prefecture in Japan, littered with vermillion temples, emerald green gardens and towering mountains.  I thank my blessings and continue to explore the cultural capital of Japan. I’ll let my photos do the talking, bringing you through a fusion of culture, street life and faith.

The bright vermillion pavillion in the holy grounds of Kiyomizu Temple, one of the most popular temples in Kyoto.

The bright vermillion pavillion in the holy grounds of Kiyomizu Temple, one of the most popular temples in Kyoto.

Kiyomizu Temple stands above the city, offering impressive panoramas of the area.

Kiyomizu Temple stands above the city, offering impressive panoramas of the area.

Ladies dressed in traditional kimono make their way to offer their prayers at Kiyomizu Temple.

Ladies dressed in traditional kimono make their way to offer their prayers at Kiyomizu Temple.

Tatami restaurants alfresco-style along the streets of Kyoto.

Tatami restaurants alfresco-style along the streets of Kyoto.

A young geisha draws in the crowd with her beautiful traditional costume.

A young geisha draws in the crowd with her beautiful traditional costume.

A Japanese rickshaw driver on the road.

A Japanese rickshaw driver on the road.

Sun sets over the golden rooftop of the Bydo-Inn Temple.

Sun sets over the golden rooftop of the Bydo-Inn Temple.

Bydo-Inn, an ancient temple rising above a lake, gives an interesting peek into Japanese religious history.

Bydo-Inn, an ancient temple rising above a lake, gives an interesting peek into Japanese religious history.

Red Gates are ubiquitious in the streets of Kyoto as a symbol of their beliefs. This red gate stands across the gate of Byodo-Inn.

The Red Gate Across the Entrance of Byodo-Inn

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