Wednesday, November 28, 2012

colors of kyoto

Sunday was a beautiful day.

We headed out early to Kyoto to check out some fall foliage as well as visit our family grave.

We checked out Tofukuji because it is closest to our family grave site.

Apparently everyone had the same idea because even though it was early, the place was packed!

It was actually pretty crazy, people pushing and shoving, not really nice and you couldn't "enjoy" the foliage.

This is part of the reason we don't like to check out festivals in Japan. There are just too many people and for the most part you are almost always fighting your way through the crowds.

So after fighting the crowds at Tofukuji, we headed to our family grave site.

On the way, we stumbled across a pottery festival.

For this pottery festival, they also had a "stamp rally" where you visit various shops and get a stamp, when you collect all the stamps (10 in all), you can enter a "drawing".

> So we visited the various shops and got some stamps which were along the way to where we actually needed to go.

After visiting the family grave, we then finished getting the rest of our stamps.

Many homes had kiku (chrysanthamum) decorating their doorsteps.

Really pretty this time of year.

We picked up these two tiny bowls and from the "drawing" we received these 2 chopstick rests.

I really liked the glazing on these bowls, it reminded me of fish scales.

We then visited MIL for a very late lunch. She is doing fine though she still cannot sit on the floor or walk very far.

Going back to Osaka, we were lucky to ride the Kyo-train. A fancied up Hankyu train which runs only 4 times a day during the weekends and holidays.

The outside of the train has this beautiful fan.

Despite the crowds, we were lucky to have such nice weather and we got to see lots of beautiful foliage.


jalna said...

We had planned to visit Tofukuji while we were in Kyoto but never made it there. I love your photos of its fall colors. Too bad about the crowd though.

Abigail (aka Mamatouille) said...

We never did see the fancy train, just regular Hankyu trains, and my sons would be jealous if they knew!

K and S said...

next time I hope you can check Tofukuji out, Jalna :)

I think this fancy train just started running a year or two ago, Abigail :)

Take care you two.

K said...

I'm glad you had a good day despite the crowding!!

Rowena said...

Okay, I have to ask this dumb question -- why is that your mother-in-law needs to sit on the floor anyway? She doesn't like to sit in chairs? I can understand that she can't walk far but the other part is just going over my head.

Nami | Just One Cookbook said...

That's a fancy train I want to ride! Kyoto is beautiful this time of year and I'm jealous you got to see fall foliage!!!

K and S said...

Thanks K :)

Not a dumb question at all Rowena, in Japan, most older people sit on the floor (tatami mats). It was only when flooring changed from tatami to wood flooring that chairs became popular. These days, most younger people can't sit on the tatami mats at all.

I hope you get to come back to Japan during Autumn next year, Nami :)

Take care everyone.

Rowena said...

Whew! What a relief to get an answer to that one. I thought that maybe you mil had a sort of physical problem. My dad is a couch potato.

K and S said...

my dad is a couch potato too, Rowena :)

Take care.

KirkK said...

Looks beautiful Kat, thanks for sharing!

K and S said...

I'm glad you enjoyed this Kirk :)

Take care.