Kyoto, Japan

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Enchanting weeping plum blossoms and camellias of Jonan-gu Shrine

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Enjoying a matcha latte and painting Yasaka Pagoda

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The tunnel of maples leading up to Kodaiji Temple

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Yasaka Pagoda is such a great sketch subject!

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My sketchbook student (on the right) today nailed it!

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One of the beautiful floats of the famous Gion Matsuri

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The floats are rebuilt every year without the use of nails

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These rings of rice grass (Nagoshi no harase) are set up in July at shrines around Japan to purify the misdeeds of those who walk through them. It gives a fresh start for the rest of the year.

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A beautiful Chinese-style temple gate in my neighborhood of Fushimi.

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Heian Shrine’s enormous torii gate shines brightly

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The hydrangeas of Fujinomori Shrine

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Irises of Heian Jingu’s garden

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Tofukuji’s famous maples are just as gorgeous when they are freshly-foliated as when the leaves turn in autumn

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Sketching in Gion

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The carp banner decorations of Kodomo no Hi (Children’s Day)

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A peony at Kyoto Botanical Gardens

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Waiting for the Kitano Odori (maiko/geisha dance of Kamishichiken) to begin

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The old Gekkeikan Sake Brewery (this is part of my sketch tour!)

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Sakura and bamboo: absolutely dreamy

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Hirano Shrine night hanami: these beer lanterns advertise drinks for sale under the blooms

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HIrano Shrine’s vividly pink blossoms

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The peaceful Zen garden of Komyo-in

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Under the snow in Ohara

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Lantern-lines stairs of Kifune Shrine

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This is the Inoko-sai at Go-o Shrine. It’s a ceremony conducted by people dressed in Heian-era clothing. “Inoko” means “baby wild boar”, and one can purchase a special mochi made in the shape of a wild boar.

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I caught a glimpse of this guy while riding my bicycle. I had to stop and do a quick sketch of him looking for his dinner.

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The first autumn colors in the last light of day in front of Nanzen-ji’s famous sanmon (gate)

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Yasaka Pagoda stands watch over the beautiful Higashiyama area of Kyoto. It used to be part of a temple complex which no longer exists. I could spend forever in this beautiful city!

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I don’t usually paint people, but I couldn’t resist these three young ladies enjoying the final days of summer by the Kamogawa.

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Arashiyama’s famous Togetsukyo bridge. This bridge has inspired artists for centuries, and today it inspired me!

Hishaku (traditional bamboo water scoops) wait patiently outside of a shrine for hand washing.

A weathered statue of a fox, the messenger of the Shinto deity Inari.

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