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Saturday, September 20, 2014

Japan 2013: Kyoto Chapter 4

Crafting Tradition

It was our last day in Kyoto, and we wanted to soak in all that the ancient capital had to offer. One of our guide books suggested a lovely walk, starting from the famous Kiyomizudera Temple (said to be one of the most celebrated temples in Japan), followed by a trek through the traditional craft streets of Sanenzaka and Ninenzaka, before ending off at Maruyama Park. We were glad that we decided to follow the suggested itinerary and we picked up several pieces of lovely Japanese crockery as well as delectable morsels to feast on!

The delightful craft streets not too far from the temple grounds. Quite a lovely place to shop and
soak in the atmosphere. 
We stop for a lovely cup of tea (served of course with lovely sweets).
The boys were thrilled to find a traditional playground and played to
their hearts' content.
A summer's lunch at one of the traditional restaurants near Maruyama Park.
One of the most elegant and delicate meals I have eaten in my life!
Bliss.

Maruyama Park

By the time we got to the park, it was late afternoon, and our family had the most lovely time exploring its vast grounds.

The Official Kyoto Travel Guide describes the park in this manner:

Maruyama Park is the oldest park in Kyoto, much beloved by residents and young people. It lies next to Yasaka-Jinja Shrine, at the base of Kyoto's eastern mountains, and covers an area of 86,000 square meters. It contants stroll gardens, rest houses, small orchards, Japanese restaurants, and much more. It is the perfect place to sit and rest after a morning or afternoon spent touring the many sights in the Hagashiyama area.

The older boy enjoying a peaceful moment with the ducks.
A precious moment with Daddy & Mummy.
One of the interesting experiences we had at the park was our encounter with a group of Japanese boys who were catching dragonflies. You can read more about our encounter in a previous post entitled Boys Will Be Boys.

Seeking strategies to catch the dragonflies.
Examining the catch.
Trophies.
As the sun began to set, we packed up our things and headed back to the hotel area where we found a simple dinner place to round up the dinner. Tomorrow was a big day - we were driving off to the lovely town of Kurashiki, and we wanted to wake up bright and early to cover the most ground possible.

Previously: The great Hizugawa Expedition to Arashiyama.

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