Sunday, January 22, 2017

Kids and Kimonos

Kids - Kyoto  2016

Kimonos - Kyoto  2016

Also, please see "Kids, Japan 1966." As I said, there were a lot of kimonos in evidence that day.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Kyoto Solo Walk - 4

Showa Koji - Kyoto  2016

Red Buckets - Kyoto  2016

More of the semi-random compositions that I saw. Interesting stuff.

Friday, January 20, 2017


Monk, Kenninji - Kyoto  2016

Buildings, Kenninji - Kyoto  2016

While I was wandering around Kyoto, I came across this temple. "Kennin-ji was founded in 1202 CE and claims to be the oldest Zen temple in Kyoto. The monk Eisai, credited with introducing Zen to Japan, served as Kennin-ji's founding abbot and is buried on the temple grounds."

I titled the top photo "Monk, Kennin-ji," but that might be completely off the mark. I suspect that there are all kinds of positions within Zen temples.

Bonus: the public restroom just outside.

Public Restroom - Kyoto  2016

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Kyoto Solo Walk - 3

Narrow Street - Kyoto  2016

Country House - Kyoto  2016

Leaving Kiyomizu I struck off randomly, zigzagging down through a series of narrow streets having an eclectic combination of residences and storefronts.

Alas, the Country House wasn't open, so I'm not really clear what it was selling. Google is no help.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Kiyomizu - 3 (Video)

Kiyomizu Scenes October, 2016 from Mike Mundy on Vimeo.

An impromptu video made using an iPhone 6s Plus.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Kiyomizu - 2

Kiyomizu Rock - Kyoto  2016

Kiyomizu Tree - Kyoto  2016

I should have continued on up! But I didn't, remaining content to putter around the lower section.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Monday Horse Blogging

Hali and Tuffy - Marin County  2006

Taken up near the "Triangle" on a nice July morning during a hike 'n ride, Mike hiking, Hali riding.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Kiyomizu - 1

Trees (Kiyomizu) - Kyoto  2016

Steps (Kiyomizu) - Kyoto  2016

Kiyomizu is a large temple complex in eastern Kyoto. I wandered around a bit, but given the lengthy walk to get there, I didn't venture all the way up to the main hall.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Waiting to Cross the Street

Ice Cream, Red Shoes, Kimono - Kyoto  2016

Couple - Kyoto  2016

It was a good day for kimono-viewing, for some reason.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Kyoto Solo Walk - 2

Teddy Bear, Self-Portrait - Kyoto  2016

Noren Art - Kyoto  2016

As I climbed the hill towards Kiyomizu the storefronts became more artsy.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Kyoto Solo Walk - 1

Blue Netting - Kyoto  2016

Iron Door, Wood Siding - Kyoto  2016

While Hali and Dan were off taking a cooking class (fun for them!) I walked from our residence up the street to Kiyomizu (temple) with my Olympus E-M10 and a 14-150mm zoom lens. It's interesting that there were many semi-random compositions to be found, not necessarily purposefully arranged.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Kyoto Machiya - 2

Hali, iPad - Kyoto  2016

Machiya View, Self-Portrait - Kyoto  2016

The machiya had a nice coffee table and some chairs downstairs; the other room was sparsely furnished with a view of a courtyard with a spindly maple tree.

I don't think I can recommend the place, mainly because of the sleeping quarters, which had a pronounced musty smell (old tatamis?) plus an indecipherable air conditioning system. But we had a good location!

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Kyoto Machiya - 1

Machiya Path - Kyoto  2016

Machiya Entry - Kyoto  2016

We stayed at a "machiya" in Kyoto. To be honest, it wasn't our first choice: for some reason all the hotels that we wanted had been booked far in advance. Don't know why. Anyway, an article in the New York Times made the idea of staying in a machiya sound interesting.

Per Wikipedia: Machiya (町屋/町家) are traditional wooden townhouses found throughout Japan and typified in the historical capital of Kyoto.

Sleeping quarters were upstairs on tatami mats. The stairs were pretty steep and slippery, requiring an abundance of caution.

Monday, January 9, 2017

Monday Pelican Blogging

Ocean, Pelicans - Point Reyes  2016

Bay Bridge, Container Ship, Pelicans - San Francisco  2016

Top photo taken with an Olympus E-M10 with a 14-150mm zoom at Abbots Lagoon in Point Reyes.

Bottom one taken with a Canon GX5 from the Larkspur ferry.