Kyoto

Hello Kyoto: Kyoto in 10 by Sambit Dattachaudhuri

Sambit Dattachaudhuri, our photo-blogger at large, had spent a year studying in Japan (well, obviously not only studying) and he has done the first in our ‘in 10’ series.

KYOTO IN 10:

With the exception of climbing Mount Fuji, visiting the city of Kyoto was one of the loveliest things I did while I was in Japan. So much so that I went back again, and again. And again!

City

City

The city of Kyoto, people say, is in contrast to Tokyo. Kyoto is the cultural capital of Japan. It is a retreat, nestled among hills. Extremely hot in summer, and extremely cold in winter. I saw snowfall for the first time in my life in Kyoto in early December, 2012.

At the Puppet Museum

At the Puppet Museum

Portrait of a Lady Or  Fall Colours

Portrait of a Lady Or
Fall Colours

The city wears a warm hue around itself, even on cloudy or cold days. It is surrounded by wide open spaces, big parks and hills and temples. Kyoto isn’t a big city, hence is easily covered in a couple of days. I went there on four day trips since it is quite easily accessible by train from Osaka city; roughly an hour and a half away.

Calcutta/Kyoto Kyoto/Calcutta

Calcutta/Kyoto
Kyoto/Calcutta

Hanami is observed in cherry blossom season. It is one of the most calming experiences, sitting under those trees and eating ones lunch with close ones.

Spring: The Philosopher’s Path

Spring: The Philosopher’s Path

The streets uphill to the famous Kiyomizu-dera is lined with hundreds of interesting and colorful shops. It’s a treat to the senses walking to the temple. The temple itself is quite grand; constructed completely out of wood, without a single nail. The same goes for the Philosopher’s Path and Ginkaku ji.

Kiyomizu-dera in Fall

Kiyomizu-dera in Fall

Kiyomizu-dera in Spring

Kiyomizu-dera in Spring

Kiyomizu-dera by night

Kiyomizu-dera by night

Geishas making their way to Kiyomizu-dera

Geishas making their way to Kiyomizu-dera

The city is wonderful in all seasons. The Gion Matsuri, one of Japan’s grandest festivals, takes place here in July.

Geishas in the streets of Gion

Geishas in the streets of Gion

(Sambit Dattachaudhuri is a young photographer and film student who has studied in Jadavpur University, Calcutta, and Momoyama Gakuin University, Osaka. In addition to photography, film-making, photoblogging and a fair amount of film-obsessing, he has also taught English in Japan to unsuspecting people between the ages of 17 and 65.)