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Maybe the most important tourist attraction in Japan. Kyoto is famous for its culture, its food, its temples and shrines and Gion, its “Geisha quarter”.

February 7, 2007

Bunraku in Kyoto

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Gion Corner in Kyoto may not be the most authentic place for Japanese Theatre, but it’s a good way to see different styles of theatre in one evening - and photography is allowed.

Bunraku is the art of the Japanese puppet theatre - one puppet may require several puppet players although there’s always a lead player who sometimes is fully visible.

More about Bunraku
Bunraku at Gion Corner, Kyoto

August 25, 2006

Kiyomiza Deara at Sunset

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Kiyomiza Temple at Sunset, originally uploaded by laurenz.

a magical moment in kyoto, Japan.

August 24, 2006

Japanese Theatre: “Kyougen play”

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Japanese Theatre, originally uploaded by laurenz.

This is a scene from a funny “Kyougen” play: distrusting his servants, the a master binds them before leaving the house.
However, even bound, they find a way to get to the master’s sake provisions and drink from it.

Gion Corner in Kyoto presents short snippets of Japanese arts including various styles of theatre, the tea ceremony and the art of flower arrangement.
All this is quite touristy, but still fun and a good way to get some fascinating shots (you can even use flash throghout the performance).

August 23, 2006

Fishing Bears

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cuddly bears in Kyoto, Japan

Fishing Bears, originally uploaded by laurenz.

Ten years ago, when walking tetsugaku-no-michi (path of philosophy), I saw a bear fishing near Ginkakuji temple.
Now upon revisiting the site, I did not really expect to see him again, but when I came to the same site, there now actually was a pair of bears fishing the same waters.
Cuddly continuity…

August 22, 2006

Kinkakuji Temple

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Rokuon-ji in Kyoto, Japan

Kinkakuji Temple, originally uploaded by laurenz.

This is the famous golden pavilion that figures in Yukio Mishima’s famous novel “the temple of the golden pavilion”.
Like the pavilion in the novel, the real one was burned down by fanatical young man.

Mishima himself tried to stage a coup by taking a Japanese Military commander hostage.
When he realised that hist plans for restoring the traditional Japan would not succeed, he committed ritual suicide.

The real golde pavilion was rebuilt in 1987 this time also covering the lower storey with a relatively thick layer of gold.

Popularly known as Kinkaku-ji, the temple’s real name is Rokuon-ji.

November 4, 2004

Tasty: Japanese Food.

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Japanese Food
Display of Japanese Food in a Kyoto restaurant.

October 29, 2004

Japanese Theatre

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Performace in a Kyoto Theatre
Yet another scene from a Kyoto theatre performance.

October 15, 2004

Kyoto Theatre

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And another photo from the same theatre performance in Kyoto (Japan)

October 9, 2004

A Kyoto Theatre

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The gold fish and the crane, - theatre performance in Kyoto
Visiting a theatre performance can be quite an experience - especially if this takes place in another culture.
I’ll never forget this performance in Kyoto - the colourful costumes, the light, the traditional music.
The short piece here is about a Koi (goldfish) and a crane.

October 5, 2004

Lantern in the Park

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Japanese Stone Lantern
Stone lantern in a Kyoto Park.

September 9, 2004

Japanese Snacks

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Very tasty, and also quite decorative.
Seen in Kyoto, Japan.

February 21, 2004

Japan: “Fishing Bear”

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cuddly toy
A bear is fishing in Kyoto (Japan).

February 3, 2004

Japanese Tea Ceremony

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Geisha conducting a tea Ceremony Kyoto, Japan
What is the real purpose of the Tea Ceremony? Philosophy? Zen? The perfect cup of tea?
Well, I would guess that, today, the answer is simple: money.
The event no longer takes place in a small garden house but in theatre-style halls.
Even so, one shouldn’t miss the opportunity to attend such a ceremony. It’s beautiful.
And you even can take photographs, which would not exactly be compatible with the traditions of Cha-Do - the way of tea.

January 31, 2004

Images of Asia: Japan.

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I’m going to post some pictures from Japan in this Weblog, in addition to this, here’s my Japan photo gallery .



    

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