Shoren-in Temple in Ektar

I brought some Ektar film with my on my trip and decided to do some shooting. This is  nice temple with a great garden. Not to large but you can enjoy the garden from inside the temple and sit and relax. After you can take walk through the gardens and also around behind the gardens. Green all around from the moss and evergreens and maples.

Taken with Voigtlander Bessa R4M with 21mm Color Skopar lens Kodak Ektar

Ryojin no  Ike pond which portrays the back of a dragon bathing in the pond…


Shin-den is the largest of the buildings with this front area large and full of rich moss…


Lovely and we made it to catch some of the azaleas bloom…


thanks for looking today…


Walking up Fushimi-Inari

The mountain that the tori gates rise up on is splendid walk. I wish I have done it at night or right as the sun rose in the morning. there are a lot of little trails that branch of the main path up. Small shrines to stop at and enjoy. Mind you I got attacked a few times by mosquitoes. Some stones and little wooden tori gates are all over.

Taken with Voigtlander Bessa R4M with 50mm f1.4 on Ilford FP5


One thousand black and White Tori Gates

Fushimi-inari taisha is truly is a great place to visit. I am sure anyone who goes to Kyoto in Japan has been here or read that it was in the top 3 places to visit for a tourist. Tourist groups go here with guides. the best time to go is as early as you can go. It is a shrine and their for is open all the time, you can go in the middle of the night if you want, also it is free. You can spend an entire morning hiking all the way to the top to see the entire shrine. The tori gates make a different atmosphere. It feels like it is providing me a tunnel the travel through these woods up the mountain. I have taken photographs here early in the morning with no one around and have gotten great colors. this time I was shooting with some black and white film and still enjoyed getting these results.

Taken with a Voigtlander R4M at 50mm f1.4 with Canon 50mm f1.4 lens, Ilford FP5 img030

Kaisando Hall at Tofuku-ji Temple

Kyoto has a wonderful temple complex with some amazing gardens, some old and some modern. Tofuku-ji Temple is a great stop. People come in groves to Fushimi-inari taisha with it’s 1,000 orange tori gates going up Fushimi mountain. You should stop right before or after that visit to Tofuku-ji which is only one stop away from the tori gates. This has a few buildings and great gardens as mentioned and this is Kaisando Hall where one side of the walk way has a stream and more wet garden before it slopes up to the forest. This side has a great area of gravel that is raked in a checkered pattern. It is quite great to look at and I needed a 21mm lens to take this picture and probably done better if I had the 15mm lens. We sat here for a while enjoying the serene seen.

Taken with Voigtlander Bessa R4M with 21mm f4 lens on Ilford FP5img048

Tea at Nishiki Market

The past two times that I went to Kyoto and went through Nishiki Market I would stop at the one stall that sold tea. I happened to get some Roasted green tea this time, Hojicha, and it is definitely tasty. I also have gotten their green tea with roasted rice. I took a quick picture of this box full of the roasted tea leaves. It looked and smelled wonderful as he scooped up and filled a bag for me to take back home to the states.

Taken with a Konica Hexar at 30mm on Ilford FP5