Are you familiar with Hirano Shrine in northwest Kyoto? I've been going there for years since we use Hirano Shrine's parking lot whenever we go to the monthly temple sale at Kitano Tenmangu Shrine, right next door. I've always enjoyed Hirano Shrine because of its early blooming plum trees and the lovely park connected to it full of irises, or spider lilies, depending on the time of year. What I did not know until today is that it's one of the top spots for cherry blossom viewing in Kyoto! The season isn't far away! I recommend a visit!
These photos were taken on January 25th at Hirano Shrine. Ah, such a beautiful day! And the temple sale next door did not disappoint!
For more information about the Cherry Blossom Festival at Hirano Shrine: https://en.japantravel.com/kyoto/cherry-blossom-festival-at-hirano-shrine/66567
Many floral arrangements this time of year include showy chrysanthemums. This one was part of a New Year's floral arrangement in the lobby of a building I visited last week. (Which is why they choose chrysanthemums. Even after two weeks, it looked no worse for wear.) The colour contrast took me by surprise! It's certainly one of the more flamboyant ones I've seen.
I've been scrolling through photos from past Januarys and came across this one. It made me smile! It's melting snow on the hood of our car with the sky reflected in the windshield. (And, no, it's not a black and white photo.) We haven't had snow this year, just a few wimpy flurries here and there, but I expect it will come. Can't wait! (I know it won't accumulate so no shovelling will be required. Sorry, not sorry, Canadian friends and family! (^.~))
For many years, every week, my husband and I visited my mother-in-law's home nearby and ate a meal together. Sadly, those days are gone as she can no longer live on her own. We still meet with my mother-in-law almost as often these days but at a different location. The house still stands, and we check on it every now and then, but I miss it. It's nothing special, just a well-loved home full of memories. But once my mother-in-law is gone, it will be torn down since no one wants homes like these anymore. When that day comes, it will break my heart...
More images of the projection mapping event at Heian Jingu in Kyoto that we visited last week. If you'd like to know more, please see the previous post.
By the way, the official name of the event is "Naked Yorumoude Heian Jingu". "Naked" is the name of the production company, and "yorumode" is a combination of the words "yoru (evening)" and "moude (pilgrimage)".
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