231 - 13th September 2006 - Kyoto
This is no ordinary door! This is a door in the old imperial palace!
The imperial family apparently loved the beach. They didn't live near the sea so they built this substitute in the grounds.
It was very rainy when we were there. Stick a ferris wheel on the bridge and this could be Brighton.
More of the Imperial 'Beach'
Immaculately raked gravel
Nice old style architecture - Heian Style (794-1185) according to my guidebook
Sliding paper door
Another garden area
The roof was built up of lots of layers of wood to improve insulation
The bright red colour was an idea borrowed from China
This is a citrus tree
The Shishin-den. The throne room
The princess was sat off to one side
This is a cherry tree
The whole building
More white ended wood to keep out the bugs
The Seiryo-den - The emperors residence
Detail of the designs
In the landscaped garden - Designed by Kobori Enshu
In the garden
Another paper door
Art work on the doors depict and old drinking game where you had to compose a haiku at high speed or drink sake
Chris in the landscaped garden
Another art work
It was raining pretty hard
In the back streets of downtown Kyoto
The Pontocho district
The area was the former Geisha district before it moved to nearby Gion
Easy to get lost in these little alleys
The sun was setting and the laterns were being lit
But the neon sort of overpowered them
The kamo-gawa river
Someone had thrown a bike in there for some reason
Cool seafood restaurant decoration - It moved!
Mostly a photo for Al of Al and Yvette fame.