Higashi Hongashi, evidence of humans.
Higashi Hongashi, close to Kyoto Station, during a service. The building is huge, made of wood, and rebuilt after a 1905 fire.
An ornate interior in places, with huge wooden columns and a wide engawa (inside-outside covered porch).
Good to see an old friend, outsider-intelligent as ever.
Rainy today, but a welcome change to a new and different major japanese city. Am looking forward to seeing another college friend for lunch tomorrow, and visiting more temples and gardens.
Relatively lots of gaijin (foreigners) here, wandering the streets on a Sunday evening. I was told there are universities, here, and certainly there were many college puddings out and about.
Have felt a few moments of being an awkward, non-japanese-speaking alien, here, and some impatience from the locals having to deal with someone who doesn't understand anything, but the politesse still reigns supreme, otherwise.