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Walking Back Through Time…

by on Dec.08, 2016, under Life, Photography

One of my mothers cousins lives in the nearby city of Osaka. He had very generously arranged to spend time with us and along with my uncle who would join us from the next day, would be our personal local tour guides and interpreters for our stay.

NIKON D750 + 28.0-300.0 mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 50 mm, 1/50 sec at f/5.6, ISO 220

It was great having people who could get us everywhere we wanted to go quickly and painlessly. We were very thankful for all the time and care that was taken by all our relatives in looking after us during our stay.

The area around Kiyomizudera Temple is mercantile and touristy but you do have to see it. Half way back down you can turn right and walk down Sannenzaka and Ninenzaka (two amazing preserved streets), eventually ariving Maruyama Park to enjoy some greenery.

Walking Back Through Time

Walking Back Through Time

NIKON D750 + 28.0-300.0 mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 145 mm, 1/160 sec at f/7.1, ISO 4000

Walking down these streets is like stepping way back in time to a different era. It was amazing to see how many people would be walking around in traditional garb. So many women, young and old, dressed in colourful kimono’s set amongst these fabulous old buildings.

Note: These photographs (especially the wider shots) look much better when larger. To see larger versions in an inline overlay slideshow gallery viewer click any of the images.

Tranquil Echoes

Tranquil Echoes

NIKON D750 + 28.0-300.0 mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 135 mm, 1/160 sec at f/5.6, ISO 2500



NIKON D750 + 28.0-300.0 mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 98 mm, 1/100 sec at f/6.3, ISO 1100

It was getting late so we headed into Gion for dinner. Gion is Kyoto’s most famous geisha district, located around Shijo Avenue between Yasaka Shrine in the east and the Kamo River in the west.

After dinner we strolled back to our accommodation. Wandering through the high concentration of traditional wooden machiya merchant houses. Walking in the cool of the early evening we’d see a few fantastically dressed maiko (apprentice geisha) flit about the back streets on their way to their appointments.

Evening Lanterns

Evening Lanterns

NIKON D750 + 28.0-300.0 mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 125 mm, 1/125 sec at f/6.3, ISO 1400

The end of our first day in Kyoto. A place where you truly feel like you’ve stepped back through time.

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