One of the things I love about life in Kyoto is that the countryside is never far away. Kyoto city is one of what the Japanese call "bonchi" which means "basin", or perhaps in this case "bowl city". This means it's surrounded by mountains and the city has a definitive edge. The mountains prevent it from sprawling endlessly outwards allowing small mountain villages such as this to survive and to be easy to reach. This village, which consists of no more than ten houses, is called Kumogahata. Numerous narrow and quiet roads lead us to timeless places like this. I don't think I could live here, despite its proximity to the city. It's just too quiet. For me it's enough to know that it exists and it's my pleasure to come here from time to time to try to capture its tranquility.
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