Osaka, Japan

Gion, Kyoto Gion is Kyoto's most famous geisha district, located in the city center around Shijo Avenue between Yasaka Shrine in the east and the Kamo River in the west. This is where you're likely to see a real life Geisha heading to work.

Hasedera (the temple) is built along the slope of a wooded hill. A pretty garden with ponds is found at the base of the slope just after entering. The temple's main buildings are built further up the slope, reached via stairs. Along the way stands the Jizo-do Hall with hundreds of small statues of the Jizo Bodhisattva who helps the souls of dead children to reach the paradise.

I saw lots of these all over Japan! Jizo statues in Kamakura, Japan. Jizo take care of the souls of unborn children and those who died at a young age.

Shirakawa Village, Japan.

Shirakawa, Japan * The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-gō and Gokayama are one of Japan's UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The site is located in the Shogawa river valley stretching across the border of Gifu and Toyama Prefectures in central Japan.

Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan

Shibuya Crossing, Tokyo, one of the world’s busiest intersections. Pedestrians with umbrellas.

Kyoto, Japan

Kimonos are handmade, and geisha usually get kimonos designed just for them. Kimono prints and fabrics change with the seasons, but they are always made of silk. Geisha also spend about two hours just doing their makeup, hair, and putting on the kimono!

Nishiki Market, Kyoto, Japan - Saveur.com  DONE

Nishiki Market, Kyoto, Japan

From SAVEUR Issue Though I've visited so many great food bazaars in Japan, for my money, the centuries-old Nishiki market, located in the old imperial capi

Maiko (舞妓 ?) is an apprentice Geiko (not exactly same as geisha) in Kyoto, western Japan. Maiko: Their jobs consist of performing songs, dances, and playing the shamisen (three-stringed Japanese instrument) for visitors during feasts.

A Maiko in her Misedashi stage. Those two silver hair ornaments in the front of her hair are the defining characteristic along with her very tall ohogo. Notice only her bottom lip is also painted.

Touk Touk, Bangkok, Thailand

Tuk Tuk Taxi in Bangkok.i wish I had a brightly decorated one of these instead of a normal car

Temple's roof tops. Rokkakudo is the eighteenth stop on the Saigoku Kannon Pilgrimage* of thirty-three Buddhist temples in the Kansai area of central Japan. Its official name is Chohoji, but since the main hall is hexagonal, the temple is called Rokkakudo ("hexagon hall") or known by Kyotoites affectionately as Rokkaku-san.

rainy hexagon by DENTAKU (ID:1254268)- 写真共有サイト

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