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Posted by
Stu (From Scotland | Working in Kyoto, Japan) on 16 June 2015 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

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.

FUJIFILM X100S 1/30 second F/8.0 ISO 320 33 mm

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Japanalia from Yokohama, Japan

In such a village the houses may not be that much at close range, but the roofs...that's quite a different story!!!
(I think that Kyoto is fine in spring and autumn....forget about summer - far too hot! - and winter - far too cold!....according to my experiences!).

16 Jun 2015 12:20pm

@Japanalia: Thx Gabriela. Yes, I have to agree with you. Kyoto is particularly horrible at the moment.

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

Ah, I've never been there... Thanks for sharing.

16 Jun 2015 1:01pm

@Hiro: There's not too much to see, Hiro. But I enjoy the quiet.

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

What a beautiful, tranquil place. I enjoy your commentary, too.

16 Jun 2015 6:01pm

@Steve Rice: Thx Steve.

L'Angevine from Angers, France

superbe ce cadrage des toits

17 Jun 2015 6:42am