Japan, Kyoto 2015. The view from my room while staying at the Ritz Carlton, kyoto. It was so nice to look out and contemplate my days activities, very calming!

Japan, Kyoto The view from my room while staying at the Ritz Carlton, kyoto. It was so nice to look out and contemplate my days activities, very calming!

Japan, Kyoto 2015. Toji Markets at the Buddhist Temple. These are photos of the a few of the vendors at the Toji Markets. Of course I helped the Japanese economy while at the markets

picts from few vendors by Toji temple flea market, which is on of each month, Kyoto

Japan, Kyoto 2015. How exciting it was to meet in person Hakuya Noguchi, a fourth generation gold leaf artisan, lives and works in a Meiji-era wooden townhouse (known as a machiya) where he creates the materials for exquisite obis, or kimono sashes, woven from shredded washi paper “threads” covered with precious metals.  At the same time, he uses his skills to make stunning abstract designs on paper.

Japan, Kyoto 2015. How exciting it was to meet in person Hakuya Noguchi, a fourth generation gold leaf artisan, lives and works in a Meiji-era wooden townhouse (known as a machiya) where he creates the materials for exquisite obis, or kimono sashes, woven from shredded washi paper “threads” covered with precious metals. At the same time, he uses his skills to make stunning abstract designs on paper.

Japan, Kyoto 2015 Todaiji Temple ("Great Eastern Temple") is one of Japan's most famous and historically significant temples and a landmark of Nara.

Japan, Kyoto 2015 Todaiji Temple ("Great Eastern Temple") is one of Japan's most famous and historically significant temples and a landmark of Nara.

Japan, Kyoto 2015 I just loved this idea of thin spaghetti deep fried and salted, it was so yummy! Have never seen this dish before

Japan, Kyoto 2015 I just loved this idea of thin spaghetti deep fried and salted, it was so yummy! Have never seen this dish before

Japan, Kyoto 2015 I think this was at the Chionji Temple Craft Market

Japan, Kyoto 2015 I think this was at the Chionji Temple Craft Market

Kyoto, Japan 2015. Sample of the many meals that you can purchase in the restaurants in Kyoto

Kyoto, Japan Sample of the many meals that you can purchase in the restaurants in Kyoto

Japan, Kyoto 2015. I love the noren rope work, so many places had this type of noren rope work outside the places of business and homes

Japan, Kyoto I love the noren rope work, so many places had this type of noren rope work outside the places of business and homes

Kyoto, Japan 2015. I purchased a number of his handmade knives, took some time to find the shop in Kyoto as many of the shops are not numbered, very frustrating!. He is hand stamping his signature on the knives. The knives are so beautiful

Kyoto, Japan I purchased a number of his handmade knives, took some time to find the shop in Kyoto as many of the shops are not numbered, very frustrating! He is hand stamping his signature on the knives. The knives are so beautiful

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