Saturday, May 5, 2012

Arigato, Japonia! 7. Calea Filosofului / Arigato, Japan! 7. Philosopher's Path

Philosopher's Path or Tetsugaku no michi is an alley along a channel, adorned with hundreds of cherry trees. During their blooming the alley becomes a favourite place to walk. It has a length of 2 km and it was named after the Japanese philosopher Nishida Kitaro, who walked here daily on his way to the university.

The alley begins at Ginkaku-ji Temple and ends at Nanzen-ji Temple but there are others temples too along the way. I took Raku Bus no.100 from Heian Jingu to come very near the Ginkaku-ji Temple. My plan for the day was to visit Ginkaku-ji, Eikan-do and Nanzen-ji temples. But, because I left home very late and stayed longer at Heian Jingu, my plan was not fulfilled in the end. The fact that all the temples and the museums are closing between 16-17 doesn't help much the tourists.

I leave you with my photos to see what you can find on a walk along the Philosopher's Path.

Calea Filosofului sau Tetsugaku no michi este o alee pe malul unui canal, strajuita de sute de ciresi, care in timpul infloririi acestora devine unul dintre locurile favorite de plimbare in Kyoto. Ea are o lungime de 2 km si, de-a lungul sau se gasesc cateva temple. Numele aleii a fost dat dupa filosoful Nishida Kitaro, profesor la Universitatea din Kyoto care obisnuia sa treaca zilnic pe aici, in drum spre universitate. Aleea incepe la Ginkaku-ji (Pavilionul de Argint) si se termina la Nanzen-ji (pentru ca particula "ji" inseamna templu, nu voi mai adauga mereu acest cuvant).

Asadar, dupa ce am vizitat Heian Jingu, am luat autobuzul Raku nr. 100, pana la Ginkaku-ji. Cursa a costat 220 yen, ca orice distanta parcursa cu autobuzul in perimetrul central al orasului. Fac o paranteza pentru a spune celor care vor sa mearga la Kyoto ca autobuzele Raku, trei la numar: 100, 101 si 102, sunt foarte bune pentru turisti deoarece ating aproape toate templele principale si alte obiective turistice, avand mai putine statii decat autobuzele orasenesti. Toate pornesc de la Kyoto Station.

Planul meu era sa vizitez Ginkaku-ji, Eikan-do si Nanzen-ji. Problema e ca toate templele si muzeele (cu foarte mici exceptii) se inchide intre 16 si 17. Ce nu reusesti sa vezi in acel interval, lasi pe altadata! Din cauza treburilor gospodaresti de prima zi si a vremii nu tocmai favorabile, eu plecasem de acasa la ora 11 si am si zabovit cam mult la Heian Jingu...Asta avea sa ma coste...

Deocamdata insa vreau sa va prezint aleea. Afara era deja senin, doar cativa nori, atati cat le sta bine in fotografii...Oameni multi se plimba, de o parte si de alta a canalului. Aici sunt multe pravalioare cu suveniruri, mici restaurante dar si case de locuit, altare. Alaturi de ciresi infloresc si alti arbori sau arbusti, colorand locul. Va las sa va delectati in compania fotografiilor care va arata mai bine cam cum a fost pe acolo.
 Aleea Filosofului, capatul dinspre Ginkaku-ji
 unii mai sunt inca la hanami
maneki neko si afise electorale (maneki neko este un talisman foarte raspandit in Japonia; aduce noroc in afaceri si prosperitate)
 camelii



18 comments:

Filip & Kristel said...

Great blossoms and I am always surprised to see many women walking around in Kimono's.

Greetings,
Filip

Traveling Hawk said...

As I already wrote, some of them are Japanese indeed but many are tourists who hire the kimonos.

Randy said...

I love the two dogs.

Traveling Hawk said...

And the 3rd. one, behind the window, no, Randy? :) Lovely dogs!

Claudia Mihaila said...

Un excelent spectacol de culoare iar fotografiile sunt grozave.

Traveling Hawk said...

Multumesc, Claudia!

cartim said...

Este superva aleea aceea , pomii acia infloriti, cred ca starea generala de acolo se poate rezuma la doua cuvinte:armonie si frumusete.

Pozele sunt excelente.

Traveling Hawk said...

Asa e, Cartim, e unul dintre locurile recunoscute in Kyoto pentru a admira florile de cires.

Kumiko said...

Philosopher's path is really beautiful with blossoms!
It has been a long time since I visited there.
Dogs are really cute,and Maneki-neko is lovely.

Traveling Hawk said...

Thank you, Kumiko, for coming on the blog.

Helma said...

What a nice blog Traveling Hawk and what do I see a blossom. I think immediately that it is a favorite place for walking and for 2 km. The temples are worth a visit en route.

Greetings, Helma

Traveling Hawk said...

Thanks, Helma, for being here and for your appreciation.

magda said...

My dear friend, good morning
Many thanks for the invitation to Thassos. I am 200 miles away. But there is something else.
I won the Second World Award from the Italian Tourism in Northern Italy, with my video Lago di Garda. (You can see in my blog). Award is -3 - days in 4 star hotel in the lake.
And so May 18-30, we will be in Italy.
Thrilled with your photos!!!!
Japan, is wonderful and its people!
Many greetings and kisses

Traveling Hawk said...

Congratulations, Magda dear! I wish you a nice little vacation in Italy! I'm waiting your photos.

Rizalenio said...

Long live, Cherry Trees and Cherry Blossoms! They beautify even our emotions. :)

Traveling Hawk said...

I vote with you, Rizalenio!

Liliana said...

Ştii ce mă întreb, pe canalul acela strâmt şi îngust, te poţi plimba pe apă? Din fotografii pare totuşi prea mic, prea puţin adânc, însă mă gândeam acum la o plută pur şi simplu.

Traveling Hawk said...

Poate daca vrei sa-ti faci o pluta, te lasa:) Nu, pe acel canal n-am vazut pe nimeni plimbandu-se dar in Okazaki, zona unde am stat eu, sunt si canale mai largi si chiar mici bazine de acumulare, unde te poti plimba. De altfel, vei si vedea la primele postari.