I have been getting a burst of energy every night around 10 here in Kyoto and decided it would be a great opportunity to tour a different shrine and photograph it in the dark. Here is an image I took on my way out from Yasaka Shrine last night. Tonight I went and climbed the stairs of Inari Shrine (for the second time today...whew!). If you have ever been here you know what I mean. Now for some rest followed up with stretching as I will have another adventure tomorrow.
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A Japanese Full Moon
A shrine at night time is a beautiful thing to behold, and made even more dazzling under the light of a full moon.
Kyoto, the mecca of traditional Japan, is home to hundreds of shrines and temples. You could spend a week there and still have something left to see. We only had 3 days.
We found this gem by not looking for it. Riding our bikes through the near abandoned streets of Gion district, we were looking for one final adventure before heading back to our hostel. It was only 7pm and not a person was in sight.
It was the lights that drew us in. Illuminated by over a hundred paper lanterns, Yasaka Shrine beckoned to us like a beacon in the dark. Standing within this huge compound, I was overwhelmed by the contest of brightness between the full moon and the lanterns. In the middle of this oasis of light, the universe felt a bit smaller, a bit more contained. As if to embrace this rare moment, we sat down with our backs to the lanterns and our faces to the moon, and reflected.