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Plum Blossoms and Some Mountain Climbs


Panasonic LX100 at an effective 28mm — 1/125 sec, f/5, ISO 200 —
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About That Time of Year Again

plum blossoms at the Kitano Tenman-gu Shrine (北野天満宮), Kyoto Japan

Some photos from this ride that I did yesterday…

On the way out of the city, I swung by the Kitano Tenmangu Shrine to see their famous plum blossoms…



Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/500 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 —
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Little-Used Side Entrance


Panasonic LX100 at an effective 31mm — 1/125 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 —
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Panasonic LX100 at an effective 35mm — 1/1250 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 —
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Panasonic LX100 at an effective 35mm — 1/200 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 —
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I don’t wash my bike during the winter, it seems,

and it shows


Panasonic LX100 at an effective 32mm — 1/200 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 —
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Panasonic LX100 at an effective 75mm — 1/320 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 —
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Staff

looks like they’re waiting around for someone


Panasonic LX100 at an effective 75mm — 1/200 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 —
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Main Entrance

The Kitano Tenmangu Shrine is known for its plum blossoms
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The Best Season to Visit Kyoto

So you’ve decided you want to come visit Japan. Great! Now all you have to do is figure out when

Japanese locals are notorious for their insistence that the changing of the four seasons is one of the things that makes Japan special. (They’re always shocked to hear that yes, the leaves change color in North America and Euorpe as well) Nonetheless, the yearly cycle in Japan is quite stunning and dramatic.

So when’s the best time to come to Kyoto? I’ll tell you the answer up front: any time of year is great here. However, picking the right time to visit can mean a big difference between temperatures and local happenings, and it also affects things like seasonal food and sightseeing scheduling. Here’s a breakdown of each season, with some pros and cons for each time of year.


Spring

This is the Japan that most visitors want to see: cherry blossoms, comfortable temperatures, colorful kimonos, and lots of sweet treats. The cherry blossoms usually peak in Kyoto in the first half of April, and enjoying the flowers in the park with a bottle of sake and multicolored dango rice dumplings is one of the most sought after activities at this time of year.

Be warned that the blossoms draw massive crowds of both foreign and domestic tourists, so hotel prices go way up and sell out fast. Trains and sightseeing locations can be crowded as well during peak times. Many other flowers start blooming in May, and by the middle of the month the countryside is green and lush.

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Kyoto Prefectural Library & Archives

Kyoto Prefectural Library.

京都府立図書館

Kyoto Prefectural Library & Archives is located in the Okazaki museum district of Kyoto opposite the

Kyoto Prefectural Library & Archives has over 1 million volumes including books, journals, maps, magazines and newspapers. There are also books in English and other languages.

Among the archives are a number of extremely important historical documents including the Hyakugo documents from Toji Temple, a National Treasure, the Kawashimake documents (an Important Cultural Property), as well as administrative records of Kyoto Prefecture, historic Japanese records from the 16th century and before and Chinese books from the Edo Period.

The pieces are displayed in regular shows and an annual exhibition.

The library was first opened in 1873 at the beginning of the Meiji Period of Japanese history. The main building suffered damage from the 1995 Great Hanshin Earthquake centered on nearby Kobe. It was renovated and reopened in a partially new building in 2001. The original facade is retained.

The pleasant interior is warm and snug in winter and air-conditioned in summer, making the library a convenient escape from the extremes of the Kyoto climate.

Kyoto Prefectural Library.

To join Kyoto Prefectural library to borrow books from this library and the other local libraries in Kyoto, you will need identification, such as an alien registration card, driver’s license or student ID card.

Up to five books per person can be borrowed for two weeks. Books can be renewed by phone or over the internet.

Kyoto Prefectural Library.

Kyoto Prefectural Library
9 Seishoji-cho, Okazaki
Sakyo-ku, Kyoto 606-8343
Tel: 075 762 4655

Opening Times: Tuesday-Friday 9.30am-7pm Saturday, Sunday and National Holidays 9.30am-5pm; Closed Monday (if Monday is a National Holiday the library closes the following day); Also closed the 4th Thursday of every month (open if a National …continue reading

    

Insanity!? Shopping Trip to Costco by Bicycle

I Must Be Nuts shopping trip to Costco by bicycle -- Costco Yawata (コストコ八幡) -- Yawata, Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/

iPhone 6+ + front camera — 1/30 sec, f/2.2, ISO 64 —
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I Must Be Nuts

shopping trip to Costco by bicycle

On a recent bicycle ride I was surprised to find myself passing
the nearest Costco to Kyoto, about 25km (15mi) away. I was a member years ago, and mentally, it was a long way away, taking
45 minutes to drive there through traffic, with $15 of tolls along the way. Unfun. My driving geographic knowledge often never
connects to my cycling geographic knowledge, so I’m surprised in this way often.

Anyway, I made a ride to Costco yesterday, explicitly to sign up for
a membership and do some shopping. Manseki was going to be heading in the general direction, so we met up and rode with each other
for the first while.



Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/640 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 —
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Meeting Up with Manseki

he’s the black smudge on the ramp at left
Heading South taken while riding at 27 kph (17 mph) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/

Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/500 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 —
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Heading South

taken while riding at 27 kph (17 mph)

Winning the Kyoto Marathon 2017 (Papa Division)

Accepting His Award Winner, Papa Division , Kyoto Marathon 2017 京都マラソン2017、パパ部の1位 -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/

Nikon D4 + Sigma “Bigma” 50-500mm OS @ 290mm — 1/1250 sec, f/6.3, ISO 400 —
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Accepting His Award

Winner, Papa Division, Kyoto Marathon 2017

京都マラソン2017、パパ部の1位

Today was the 2017 Kyoto Marathon. As in some years past
(2012,
2014,
2015) I went out for a few photos of the 16,000 runners.

This little scene unfolded before me at a corner 500m (⅓ mile) before the finish…



Nikon D4 + Sigma “Bigma” 50-500mm OS @ 460mm — 1/2000 sec, f/6.3, ISO 900 —
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Kyoto Marathon 2017 -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/

Nikon D4 + Sigma “Bigma” 50-500mm OS @ 500mm — 1/2000 sec, f/6.3, ISO 900 —
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Kyoto Marathon 2017 -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/

Nikon D4 + Sigma “Bigma” 50-500mm OS @ 500mm — 1/2000 sec, f/6.3, ISO 800 —
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Wider Scene -- Kyoto Marathon 2017 -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/

Nikon D4 + Sigma “Bigma” 50-500mm OS @ 140mm — 1/640 sec, f/6.3, ISO 140 —
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Wider Scene