Early morning at Kawai Jinja Shrine

Kyoto shrine was quiet and serene in the morning light

By Larry Knipfing    - 1 min read

Located at the south gate of Shimogamo Shrine, I almost missed Kawai Jinja. I'm glad I found it. I was there, almost alone, around 7AM on a cold December morning. Frost covered the tops of the shrine's buildings and I could see my breath moving in and out, almost like in a trance. The combination of reds, greens and golds was beautiful, and especially the gold of the lanterns grabbed my attention as they combined with the snow up high.

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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: www.larryknipfing.com Contact me: larry.knipfing@japantravel.com