​Yes, it does rain a lot in Kyoto. But the city is prepared for this and the people are used to it. I have always found excessive the way the Japanese people react to the rain. It’s only water!

I actually somehow like rainy days around Kyoto. There are a lot of things happening, and the scenes are often more interesting and dramatic. All we need is a good raincoat and maybe an umbrella. The atmosphere around the streets, the ambiance, the lights, the saturated colors, everything calls for photography.

Here’s a series of old and recent photos taken around the city on a rainy day.

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