Kyoto retains the grace, refinement and cultural riches of its years as Japan’s capital, but today its coated in a work-a-day industrial layer. Once a place of geisha silks, parks carefully laid out to reflect the seasons, narrow cobbled streets and wooden dwellings and classically beautiful art and writing, these things remain but are kept aside like museum pieces rather than part of the regular cycle of life. The city’s simple layout presents around 1800 Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines, hundreds of immaculate gardens and several important historic buildings (Kyoto suffered little bomb damage in WWII) and museums which is where you can call on the Kyoto of old. Spring and Autumn are still the best times of year to visit, when festivals and the changing hues of the city’s gardens bring back the colour and polish of the Kyoto’s rich traditions.
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Kyoto lets you back into the world of old Japan, of religion, royalty, commerce and nightlife. Gion’s streets beckon warmly after a day of gazing in awe at Kyoto’s thousands of temples and shrines-proving there is still life in the beautiful old girl
By Michelle Green for The New York Times. First published 4th January 2009. ON a glaring, color-drenched day in Kyoto, I walk unsteadily out of the traditional restaurant where I have spent the morning being costumed, painted and bewigged. Two chic dre… Read more...
Written by press. See the full article in The New York Times, 4th January 2009.