brings me right back

brings me right back

Others setting off before I found a ride on the main street.

crosswinds

crosswinds

A view of sakura against darkening skies as I contemplated the best way to avoid the incoming showers and get back to the station.

Nearby a solution presented itself: traditional rickshaws 人力車 (literally “person-powered vehicle”).

lunar vista

lunar vista

Down at the Togetsukyo Bridge 渡月橋 the afternoon light was being enjoyed by all, but clouds were rolling in quickly on strengthening winds. In the distance a curtain of rain was approaching.

friendly reminders

friendly reminders

“Please keep your face away from the wire net” just seems like good life advice.

I walked down the other side of the mountain, through the thick trees and light pink blooms. On the way I came across a park with what must be the world's most dangerous slippery slide: an alarmingly steep rusty metal thing painted verdigris and featuring, half way, an abrupt plateau that could only have been intentionally designed to cause spinal injuries.

another continent far away

another continent far away

A brief look inside, letting time flow, letting time go.

a place to be

a place to be

And what a view. If you look closely in the lower centre you can see Arashiyama Station 嵐山駅 enveloped in cherry blossoms, while in the distance on the right Kyoto Tower 京都タワー pokes up.

sway

sway

And up here on storm mountain, you, too, can take some time to sit, reflect and let the quiet wash over you.