In no particular order, out and about today in Kyoto
Meeting a retired English semantics professor at Gion-Shijo railway station. He bailed us up in the nicest possible way.
Hirose Coffee Shop in Arishiyama. Another sweet little cafe with Audrey Hepburn references and a charming host.
In the gardens surrounding the Kyoto Imperial Palace.
A wander through the long covered laneway that is Nishiki Market was a feast for the eyes and the tastebuds.
Wood-ear mushroom and cod cake sticks, roe-filled grilled squid, chestnut mochi and custard filled hedgehog pastries were our chosen treats.
The following photographs feature fresh wasabi, Yuzu Bettara (pickled Japanese radish with Yuzu and chilli dressing), sea urchins, super-sized oysters, quail egg-filled tiny octopus and the cleanest of apples.
Arishiyama is also the home of the UNESCO World Heritage temple, Tenryu-ji. This place was the site of the first Japanese Zen temple (in the 9th century) and in its current form continues as a temple of the Rinzai Zen sect of Japanese Buddhism.
The 14th century designed Zen garden is, like the temple, set among the backdrop of the surrounding mountains. The designer was Muso Soseki and his approach of incorporating the external environs of the garden is called shakkei, which means borrowed landscape.
Muso Soseki (1275-1351) was hugely influential in establishing Zen Buddhism in Japan. As well as being a Zen Master and garden designer, he was a poet, teacher and calligrapher.
This poem (translated by American poet, W S Merwin and Soiku Shigematsu) appears in This Same Sky: A Collection of Poems from Around the World, curated by the wonderful Naomi Shihab Nye.
A train out of Kyoto City took us to Arashiyama. The light of this warm spring morning worked well for photographs. The shots were mostly pointed skywards so as to give the impression that we were all alone in the grove. Nothing could be further from the truth.