霜月 = Shimotsuki

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 [...]