The elegant red Heian Jingu Shrine with green tiled roof is one of Kyoto's most famous sightseeing spots. It is particularly beautiful in spring when cherry blossoms are blooming. Cherry trees in the courtyard contrast with the red, adding delicate charm to views of the shrine. Pink weeping cherry spills out of the inner garden, and seasonally pink omikuji (fortune papers) look like strange blossoms tied onto the branches of bare trees.
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I came to Japan in 2003 to teach English. I lived in Shiga prefecture for one year, and it still holds a special place in my heart. I lived in Kyoto for nine years, then moved to Machida, Tokyo in 2014 after meeting my Japanese partner. I love to take photos, and my Japan in Pictures Facebook page has some 40,000 followers. I have been the Regional Partner for Yamanashi Prefecture since 2014. I am enjoying exploring the prefectures around Tokyo (I like to get off the beaten track), and I hope the photos and stories I share will encourage more people to discover this wonderful country.