霜月 = Shimotsuki

Kyōto is cold. Colder than Tōkyō. That’s why December in Japan is known as shimotsuki, the frosty month.

We started with breakfast in the ryokan; in our room on the low table again.

Then we took in some of the sights in Arashiyama: Tenryū-ji (Zen temple and garden)…

…the bamboo forest…

…and Okōchi Sansō (gardens built by an early star of Japanese Samurai films).

Then a quick train ride to the Nijō-jō, or castle (dull) and the gardens (nicer).

Finally back for our final night in the ryokan.  Walking back to the train station, we passed a park with a pretty bridge, and a camera crew photographing a pretty girl.  I stuck my camera through the fence and took this shot.

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