December 16, 2008

Arashiyama Hanatouro - A Different Kind of Illumination

On Monday night, after work, Mike went to Kyoto to check out a different type of illumination display in one of our favorite areas of Kyoto, Arashiyama. It was called Kyoto Arashiyama Hanatouro. This is a very special evening where hundreds of ceramic and bamboo lanterns bathe the streets, the bamboo forest, and the famous Togetsukyo Bridge in a soft light. Brightly colored giant paper lanterns and ikebana displays are set up in the parks. In addition, various shades of orange, green, blue, and purple back-light the surrounding mountains, trees, and shrines.




It was a particularly peaceful time, strolling around Arashiyama taking it all in. Everyday Arashiyama -surrounded by mountains, chock full of temples and shrines, and with rick-shaws whisking passengers up and down the main street, lined with traditional craft shops and delicacies - is a treat. Arashiyama by lantern on a cool winter night was even more special. I tried to capture some of the vibe in these pictures, but it was hard to really do it justice.






3 comments:

jackaw said...

This may be a repeat: technophobia rears its ugly head!

I'm hard-pressed to see any negative comments about anything you do or see. That's not a bad comment! It's an amazing feat to have THIS much fun and find so much good in so different an environment. My hat's off to you. Now if we didn't miss you, you could stay there forever!

Mike said...

Well, what can I say? We are positive people! Honestly, we really are having fun and we have been fortunate enough to have lots of great experiences. (And blogging about the in between difficulties of life - everyone's got them! - just doesn't pay the bills. Well neither does this. But you know...)

Can't wait to see you when we are home in a few days!!

Gabriel said...

Love the hair Ilena....is that a new look? Or does it go away when you take a shower (like mine does when I get it blown out). Showed Gabi and Ariella all the interesting food your kids are eating...Lets just say my kids would be really hungry in Japan. Ah well!!

-Michelle