Japanese architecture commonly found in the alleys of Kyoto
We walked near my university campus one day and found some buildings to look at. In the limited time that we've been here, it seems these areas are everywhere in Kyoto (every two or three blocks).
|Pic1: Walking through an area with old buildings after school one semi-rainy day in Kyoto.|
The grounds had a couple of these buildings scattered on opposite sides of the football field-sized area. I'm not sure what they were used for, but the wood detailing underneath the roofs is quite cool. Difficult to describe the structure design, but the ends of the 2x2" wood are painted white. You can barely see them just under each roof.
|Pic2: Another big wooden structure in the same grounds of that day in Kyoto.|
Pic2 shows the wood detailing better than Pic1 as well as showing the scale this particular building. I find it quite interesting to stand next to these buildings and imagine the buildings and landscape being used for their original purposes, to imagine what sort of people also looked at these structures as part of their daily routine as they fulfilled their duties of their respective era hundreds of years ago.
|Pic3: The main building of the area we stumbled upon that day in Kyoto.|
Pic3 shows the main building of the grounds. This building was in center of all the other buildings, in between Pic1 and Pic2. It is huge! Kailey and her umbrella are so small standing next to it! I think it's hard to capture the scale of the building with pictures, but I would have to say it might be as tall and almost as wide as the front of the UVic library. The right and left of the building couldn't fit in the photo, but on either end this building is a covered walkway to other parts of the area. The most fascinating thing to me is that I THINK it's all made of wood! The lines and design to me is very aesthetically pleasing haha.
We went to Osaka Aquarium today - it was amazing! We'll post some pictures soon! Tomorrow we're going to Hiroshima with some friends! We're taking a night bus there and back - transportation AND accommodation. We're looking forward to that as well! When we come back we're going to meet a friend of ours from Victoria, B.C, Canada! He's stopping by and staying with us on his way back from a conference in China!
Ben and Kailey