Autumn in Tenryu-ji Temple, Kyoto

Thirty minutes of pure bliss

By Larry Knipfing    - 1 min read

While I waited for my wife, who was waiting herself in a long, long line to see Tenryu-ji Temple's famous garden, I found a quiet corner where I could sit and enjoy some people-watching. Of course, I couldn't also help but do some autumn leave watching. Like most places in Kyoto this time of year, the Japanese Maples were in full bloom and proud as a peacock. Everyone here was cheerful and excited...and happy to be alive. 

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Larry Knipfing

Larry Knipfing @larry.knipfing

Born on Long Island, New York in 1958, I have spent the last 30+ years of my life living in Japan, and enjoying every minute of it! I especially love photography, and Japan is definitely one of the most beautiful places in the world to photograph! (Visit my online gallery) My other love is fiction writing and I have published quite a few books that take place in Japan. Fun stuff! You can find them at my Amazon Author's Page. In addition to my writing, I have mainly been working in the field of corporate training, and at the same time have done a lot of photography. *Kamakura, and now Yokohama (both in Kanagawa Prefecture) have been my home for almost twenty years and are perfect places for me: Hilly, situated on the water, and with amazing histories. The rest of Kanagawa is equally amazing and includes the great Hakone onsen and spa area.  *Tochigi Prefecture, with World Heritage site Nikko, is one of the most beautiful places in the world, and not far from Tokyo.  *Fukui Prefecture, located in central Japan on the coast of the Japan Sea, is brimming with classic Japanese culture and great natural beauty everywhere you look. I really look forward to sharing ALL of Japan's beauty and magic with all of you. Website: Contact me: