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The Philosopher's Walk by AndySerrano The Philosopher's Walk by AndySerrano
The Philosopher's Walk

My wife and I took this walk on a Sunday, starting at 7 AM, when the least number of people would likely be awake and present. This was ideal since it allowed me to take photos free of people in the background. The morning light is also much nicer. The Walk (哲学の道, Tetsugaku no Michi) follows a [cherry-tree]]-lined canal in Kyoto, Japan, between Ginkaku-ji and Nyakuoji-jinja. The route is named because a Kyoto University philosophy professor, Nishida Kitaro, used it for daily meditation. It passes several temples and shrines such as Miroku-in, Otoyo-jinja, and Koun-ji. Cherry trees are planted along most of the over one kilometer long path, making it one of Kyoto's most popular spots for hanami (cherry blossom viewing) in spring. The trees are usually in bloom in the beginning to mid April. An older Japanese man approached us and gave us a tour of the Mouse Shrine and walked us to a museum which featured ancient Katana (Swords).

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:iconpariah87:
pariah87 Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2010
Meditating while walking through the The Philosopher's Walk at 7am sounds like a good (zero stress) plan to me :nod:. It must have been a peaceful stroll and a beautiful moment for you too.
Once again, thank you for sharing.
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AndySerrano Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
If you ever get the chance, this is one of the most beautiful walks you can take in Kyoto, Japan.
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pariah87 Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2010
my english has betrayed me :blushes:, I meant a beautiful moment for you two :D
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MiYoung-Ko Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2010
ooh the light in this photo is lovely. I want to go here one day as well.
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AndySerrano Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
:icondsfav1plz::icondsfav2plz::icondsfav3plz: on Philosopher's Walk. When you go there, this is one of the most beautiful walks you can take in Kyoto, Japan. [link]
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:iconmiyoung-ko:
MiYoung-Ko Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2010
Just about all of Kyoto is stunning but I will definitely take your opinion into account.
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AndySerrano Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Actually, the industrial/business part of Kyoto is rather dull and common. You have to have a map directing you to the old sections. I actually enjoyed Matsumoto more because I could walk everywhere and meet people a lot more easily than in Kyoto.
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MiYoung-Ko Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2010
Were there any particular places in Kyoto that you enjoyed?
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AndySerrano Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I enjoyed all the old Kyoto historical sites which were about a 20 minute taxi ride from the Cube (J.R. Rail Station) shopping center. I did not at all enjoy modern Kyoto. However, the homes near the Philosopher's walk were very charming and the people were sweet.
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drumgirl Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Pretty photo! Too bad you couldn't have seen the trees when they were in bloom, though.
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AndySerrano Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2008  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I'll simply have to go back in the Spring sometime!
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Beast57 Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2008
This is an amazing shot great job here!
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:iconandyserrano:
AndySerrano Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2008  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you for the fave.
I am very pleased you like this place.
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Beast57 Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2008
Your very welcome!
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VampireSamuraiMiki Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2008
Beautiful, it brings peace to my mind..
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:iconandyserrano:
AndySerrano Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2008  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
If it brings you peace, I am succeeding in what I want my photos to do.
Thanks for the fave!
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VampireSamuraiMiki Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2008
You're welcome! =D
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TheMalek Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2008
nice shot

remember me city of mendoza in argentina


saludos
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:iconandyserrano:
AndySerrano Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2008  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Yes, I remember you Rodrigo.

:iconandyserrano: :iconfaveplz: on The Secret Garden; Monk Sweeping Gravel and The Philosopher's Walk. It's very nice of you for expressing your appreciation to me.
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:iconthemalek:
TheMalek Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2008
the pleasure is my your work is realy cool

saludos malek
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AgiVega Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2008
I'd love to cross that bridge, looks very pretty! :D
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AndySerrano Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2008  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
The whole kilometer walk was like this. There were many many bridges too!
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KansaiCinBuns Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2008
I love the depth of the photo. You can see so far into the walk from your view; looks as if you could just walk into it as the children walked into Narnia.

Anyways, the way you captured this famous area, reminds me of a good, quiet time with a friend, conversing and enjoy each others company. That's how I see it anyways. Thanks for sharing. We unfortunately, weren't able to walk this; we were on a schedule.
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AndySerrano Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2008  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
You were on a schedule? You mean a tour schedule? If so, that is one good reason why I gave up tours. Now I make up my own itineraries.

Thank you deeply for such a beautiful comment! I especially like how you compared it to the children walking into Narnia.
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KansaiCinBuns Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2008
Not really a tour schedule. But our host was kind enough to drive us there, and we really didn't have time to linger anywhere. We went on a day that was less than ideal according to our host, but it was the only day we could go (that is the sun wasn't out to bring out the glory and beauty of the Golden Pavillion). If we took ourselves, we would've had time probably, unless we got lost. But of course driving would be more practical than taking the train, with the station changes we'd have to take,etc.

Anyways, at that moment it brought that image to my mind. So you're welcome.
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AndySerrano Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2008  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Well, I'm glad my photo allowed you to experience the area vicariously!
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CorazondeDios Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2008
absolutely beautiful shot.

I'd LOVE to to take that walk. It would be so healing, and a perfect place to think deeply and have realizations.
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AndySerrano Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2008  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
:iconandyserrano: :iconfaveplz: on The Philosopher's Walk The main part of Kyoto is not that pretty. However, once you get to the Walk, you will feast on pure beauty. Thanks for the fave.
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CorazondeDios Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2008
you are welcome for the fav. I'll get through the rest of your photos from Japan as I have time. I've got to refinish a floor in my old home so we can rent it -- probably to someone rendered homeless through Hurricane Ike.

We were fortunate. Our homes withstood Ike's wrath.
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AndySerrano Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2008  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I appreciate the fact that you even intend to see the photos at some time. Thank you!
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CorazondeDios Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2008
seen......
seen a lot.

You din't go to Japan! You went to LA!
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:iconandyserrano:
AndySerrano Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2008  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Yes. I went to Japan and I live in L.A. where we have lots of Japanese Gardens and a small community called Little Tokyo
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CorazondeDios Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2008
thanks for straightening all that out for me. I know you travel a lot, but then I found the LA Japanese pictures from links to links, and got totally befuddled!
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AndySerrano Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2008  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I get befuddled every day!
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AngelOfTheNght05 Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2008
Spectacular. :)
It must have been so beautiful!
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AndySerrano Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2008  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
When I arrived in Kyoto, I was severely disappointed. Kyoto at the train station looked like just another Japanese big city. Plus, I had a hard time finding a hotel since it was a national Holiday. However, once I got to the Philosopher's walk, my opinion changed completely. This area made it worth the long trip to Kyoto. In addition, there were hardly any people there to interfere with the tranquility. Thank you for the fave
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