From a recent trip to Japan, I took off a couple of days to visit Kyoto. After spending a week in Tokyo, it was a nice change of pace to be in a city that moves a little slower.
One of the main highlights of my trip was a morning visit to the Ayashiyama bamboo forest, which is located on the outskirts of Kyoto. The path, while completely filled by tourists, is completely surrounded by towering bamboo stalks. At the end of the path, it led me to a great vista point that oversaw a mountain top of sakura.
Kyoto overall left this feeling of calmness and brought me more of a familiarity of my upbringing in San Francisco. I don’t know what it was but I think if I lived in Japan, Kyoto would definitely be an option. ■
Photographed in March, 2016