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Kimono Forest is a collection of gorgeous cylinder-shaped pillars which lined the lane way to Randen tram station on Kyoto’s Keifuku Arashiyama line, has been installed as part of the renovation in 2013. It is called a "forest" since the pillars are clustered like a forest and the kimono is displayed on each of the pillars. The Kimono Forest consists of pieces of textile displays dyed in the traditional Kyo-yuzen style. Each of the 2 meter high pillars are covered with acrylic fiber. There are about 600 of them all installed all over the station grounds. The Kyo-yuzen textile used for this exhibition was created by Kamedatomi, a long standing textile factory whose history dates back to Taisho period. These days they also produce aloha shirts with bright kimono inspired patterns.
From the old merchants house from the Nineteenth Century, to an experience linking tea with Samurai and Geisha, here is a selection of some unique places for a Tea Ceremony, a quintessential Kyoto experience.
Once known as Japans capital, Kyoto is the heart of culture and history in Japan. With lively streets, unique finds, and contemporary comforts; Kyoto still manages to uphold many of its traditions. Stunning gardens and beautiful temples run through the city and its outskirts. Kyoto is also home to Japan's largest Geisha district, Gion. A trip to Kyoto is a must on any itinerary if you want to immerse yourself in this beautiful Japanese culture.
Located behind the renowned Kiyomizu-dera (a Buddhist temple that is part of the Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto UNESCO World Heritage site), Jishu Shrine is revered as “the Cupid of Japan”. Within its compound, Jishu Shrine houses various gods that one may worship for different “requests”.
Kiyomizudera, also known as the Pure Water Temple is one of more famous temples in Japan. This temple is located up in a hill in the east of Kyoto. One of the things that stands out is the wooden stage in the main hall that is 13 meters above the hill. During the spring period, this will give you an amazing view of the cherry blossom. From the wooden stage, you will also able to see Kyoto city in the distance. Kiyomizudera is also inside the list of UNESCO World Heritage.
The Phoenix Hall at Byodoin Temple in Uji is the very image of Buddhist heaven.
Japan's ancient capital of Kyoto is home to hundreds of shrines and temples: here are three of my favourite less visited ones.
Kyoto Kibune Riverside Walk: Enjoy the cool air and the healing power of the forest. This is also a popular Power Spot.