Kyoto is a garden lover’s paradise. It's in Kyoto that I discovered the beauty and the pleasure of viewing these incredible gardens. A few photos of the "Karesansui" or Zen gardens, Tea gardens (Chaniwa), Strolling gardens of the Emperors, or minimalist "Tsuboniwa" or small courtyard gardens.
Some of my favorite photographs of Kyoto, taken over the years.
Kyoto doesn't stop to amaze me. When I'm not visiting a temple or a garden, when I'm not walking around the streets of one of the "Hanamachi" (geisha districts) trying to capture the beauty of the maiko or geiko, when I'm not attending a festival or other ceremony, I am often busy photographing flowers, or people, or leaves, or some of all these things and details that make Kyoto such an amazing and fascinating city.
Everybody knows about the cherry blossom season in Japan. It's a symbol. Millions of people visit the famous garden, riverbanks, and temple to view and enjoy these flowers. But did you know that these are not the only flowers to blossom and not the first ones?
Indeed, the plum trees are the first ones to delight us with their beautiful white, pinks and red flowers that smell so well. These blossoms as early as February. Here are a few photos captured around Kitano Tenmangu Shrine, Jonangu Shrine and a special garden in Mie prefecture, near Kyoto.
The cherry blossoms hold a special place in the heart of the Japanese people. These elusive little flowers known as sakura have a deeper meaning in Japan where, as the country’s national flower, they have become a cultural icon known around the world.
A collection of photos captured during the second half of March 2020.