October 25th was an absolutely gorgeous day - blue sky, perfect temperature and low humidity. One of my Japanese colleagues told me that she had heard a weather forecaster predict it would be the finest day of the year. I believe it!
Although terribly busy, I decided to go to Kyoto in the morning to visit the Kitano Tenmangu Temple sale. After all, life is too short to spend one of the nicest days of the year doing house chores and marking homework. Right? A close friend who lives in Kyoto had never been to the sale before and so off we went.
Since it was a Thursday, and we were there early, it wasn't too crowded and we wandered along exploring the various stalls and offerings. I love the quirky combination of old and new, and junk and treasures. I've been many times but it never gets old. My downfall is always the plants and the obis. Just how many does one need? Apparently, the answer is MORE!
I didn't take many photos since I have learned that many vendors do not appreciate photos being taken. (I use a prime lens and I like close-ups so I can't do it from a distance.) However, these might give you taste of what kind of day it was...
If you are ever in Kyoto on the 25th of any month - yes, even on Christmas Day - I highly recommend a visit to the Kitano Tenmangu Temple sale. Go early and plan to spend at least 2 hours. And no need to buy a thing!
Yeah, good luck with that! (^.~)/
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