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


Nice roof


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


The bridge


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


Very quiet


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.