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!

Spring in Heian Shrine, Kyoto, Japan

Heianjingu-Shrine, Kyoto, Japan – one of my favorite places in the world and it's especially beautiful during cherry blossom season.

kitsune (fox) holding a key in its mouth, fushimi Inari-taisha shrine, kyoto, japan

Kitsune (fox) holding a key in its mouth, Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine, Kyoto, Japan. This is a mountainside Shinto shrine dating from 711 AD and features a path with hundreds of traditional gates.

Wisteria trellis in rain, Toba water Environmental Protection Center, Kyoto, Japan

Wisteria pathway at Toba, Kyoto, Japan. Ohhh, we used to have a pathway topped with Wisteria.

Otorii Gate, Miyajima (Shrine Island), near Hiroshima, Japan

Otorii Gate, Miyajima (Shrine Island), near Hiroshima, Japan - Sunset

Chion-in, Kyoto.

Chion-in Temple in Kyoto, Japan. Cherry blossems are in bloom - 知恩院, 春の京都, 日本 Come for New Years to ring the bell

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Kitsune 狐 sMany of these more modern Japanese masks have charming features and brilliant characterisation but wouldn't stand-up on stage.