Ahhhh, Kyoto! While in Kyoto in late November and again in late December, some of the temples and gardens I visited (Nison-in, Tenryu-ji, Kiyomizu-dera, Maruyama Koen, Tofuku-ji) also had quite a few ladies (and some men) there in kimono. You too, if you'd like to try this once in a lifetime experience, can rent your own kimono and then visit these very same places. Be prepared to be gawked at and photographed though! Here are a few of the nicest I saw, some of them worn by foreign visitors. Generally, these are not expensive kimono, but they are good enough! There's also a photo of me in here somewhere. Can you find me?
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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: firstname.lastname@example.org