This is a compilation of what I saw along the section of the Kamo River near our hotel in Kyoto. It was nice to see cosmos flowers again, and still see the summer like green of weeping willow trees even in late autumn.
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I love cemeteries in general, but Buddhist ones are so fascinating because of the various bibs and sometimes hand knit hats that the bodhisattvas are wearing. I made an attempt to draw the ones that had worn away into a vague shapes and some of the more realistic ones that still remained. The white bibs here were adored with shapes, rather like petroglyphs, and this was the first I had seen of this style of bib.
This is one of Kyoto’s prettiest little temples. It is a subtemple of Daikoku-Ji, a huge temple complex in the NW part of the city. I sketched this quickly from the moon viewing veranda (engawa) while others were viewing and meditating on the garden. Maples were so delicate and beautiful and ginko leaves are always charming. Watercolor and ink.
This boat is moored at the head of the Takase River near the Okura Hotel in Kyoto. This canal was dug in 1611 and used to transport goods to various places in Kyoto.
This particular old boat is loaded with sake. The water is fresh and clear and flowing in this canal, with pretty autumn leaves in the water and on the walkways.
I sat on a damp concrete step(lower left) on a cold and damp afternoon and tried this scene.
I never really leaved japan. My body is in France but my soul in japan…
A page of some of my favorite memories from Japan. Fine whiskys, sumo on television in the afternoon, walking along canals and jotting down names of cafes that are amusing for us English-speakers.
This was sketched about half way up the mountain which encompasses the Fushimi Inari Shrine in Kyoto. Foxes wearing red bibs, torii gates, shimenawa and gohei were all around us. Boxed osake sat on some of the gravesites. A very colorful and charming place to spend the day. And a delicious soft ice cream was my treat.
This sketch was done at a favorite point on the Shirakawa Canal which runs for miles through Kyoto, Japan. We always stop and sit for a moment on the wooden platform at the ede of the water and rest from our long walk. Today this portion of the canal had many sketchers, and we were lucky enough to have a heron fishing very close to us. The canal is very shallow and clean and lined with willow trees.
This is a small colony of cats I met last week in Kyoto while climbing to the top of Fushimi Inari Shrine. There must be 10,000 torii gates placed inches apart and making a long orange tunnel up and down the mountain. It was a noticeably more difficult climb for me this time since I had not done this in 10 years!
restaurant a Kyoto. nom en français et recettes de brochettes delicieuses!