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  • in today's video we take a cycling tour of kyoto japan

  • showing off some of the most beautiful and iconic places

  • and those lesser-known

  • come along with us! we hope you enjoy the ride

  • welcome to another video guys

  • when people think  kyoto

  • and the sort of photography that you would do here

  • it's usually to go to very very popular  spots

  • like kinkakuji

  • but of course there are many that are lesser known

  • which are equally if not  more beautiful

  • today i am joined by alessandro

  • who is a local of kyoto

  • being here how many years  now?

  • just over 11 years

  • 11 years!

  • videographer, photographer, knows some really cool spots

  • and  that's what we are going to explore

  • and show you around today

  • starting with?

  • so today we're starting  at the philosopher's path

  • we're starting on the south side

  • which starts at nanzenji

  • and it's gonna  go all the way up north to ginkakuji

  • or the silver pavilion

  • and it's a canal that comes all  the way from north to south

  • i'll be trying to take you guys off the main path

  • and try to take you to  some of the less scene spots of this space

  • and um especially there's an area called annakuji

  • that i'm really excited to share with you

  • we've done some cool projects there in the past

  • and  i think it'll be a fun thing to check out

  • so let's go check those out

  • and uh we'll go  see what's all about

  • right on

  • let's go

  • so my philosophy as a photographer is that i want to  try to think outside the box

  • and come to these types of places

  • but not typically during the peak  season

  • i find that you can discover lots of hidden qualities that are interesting in the off  season

  • that you wouldn't normally find otherwise

  • normally here we have the cherry blossoms

  • that are just full and vibrant during the peak season in the spring

  • but in the lush summer right now

  • you  have all this overgrowth and moss

  • and i think that that really introduces a much different quality

  • that i think a lot of other photographers would get in the same space

  • and so i always kind of  encourage people to try something different in a familiar space

  • because you can always  discover new things that are a bit more exciting

  • it's difficult to find a hill in kyoto

  • but on our  mission to the next location we managed to find it

  • pedaled our way up it

  • and in short time we're  ready to show you our next location

  • Allessandro was talking about how the philosopher's path

  • beautiful  though it may be right now

  • is especially so in the spring

  • for the cherry blossoms

  • you'll  find that time is a major theme throughout this video

  • the next place that we've come to  now was called anurakuji

  • and this would be the place that you're going to go to

  • if you want  to get the quintessential beautiful fall shot

  • to clarify

  • why this is so popular in fall

  • is that  all around us here

  • are the iconic japanese momiji the little mini maple

  • when the season turns

  • figuratively speaking

  • anurakuji is on fire

  • it's it's incredible

  • yeah during the autumn season  the gradation from yellows to oranges to red

  • this is the place for local photographers

  • not so much  uh with as much of an international focus just yet

  • but we can really tell that a lot of local  photographers are here

  • right when the autumn hits

  • and you can really see the evolution of this  space

  • into something very different during the autumn season

  • it's very much a hidden space

  • but  we're hoping that it can grow to

  • show kind of the rest of the world what the little hidden spaces in  kyoto we're all about

  • and what it can really offer

  • now when you've got a long day of photography

  • you've gone to all these lovely spots that sandro has shown us

  • there will come a time when you need  to take a break

  • and that is what this is for

  • this is Demachiyanagi

  • this is Demachiyanagi at Kamogawa delta

  • so it's right  where the river splits at the north side of the city

  • and it goes all the way down throughout the  city

  • and it's great because the kamagawa is this beautiful place for everyone to relax at

  • but right  at the delta it's a perfect spot for picnics and

  • families and stuff

  • but if you do havepicnic here you gotta watch out

  • there are hawks that are always

  • looking to  steal your food

  • and that's been the topic of a few funny incidents for me here

  • very  relaxing

  • we gotta put our feet in and cool down

  • and it's uh it's a blast

  • definitely

  • when you need  to take a break come to the Demachianagi

  • put your feet in

  • relax

  • and then you'll be energized to get  out there to get those last great shots of the day

  • once more as the sun fell we got on our  bikes and headed to the final location  

  • that sandro had thought would be a good place  for us to hit up before ending our day

  • if you guys have ever heard of someone coming to kyoto  for the purpose of taking geisha photography  

  • most prominent would be the gion district

  • it's  very well known

  • it's very beautiful

  • but highly frequented

  • very very busy

  • but tonight we're on the  complete opposite side of town

  • at kamishichi ken

  • which is the oldest hanamachi or geisha district  in all of kyoto

  • and for that reason other side of town

  • it means that it is far less known

  • and  far less frequented

  • that kind of hidden quality means that the whole place is very tranquil

  • and  the aesthetics reflect that in a very subdued way

  • you'll see that most of these buildings are old dark wood Machiya

  • or traditional japanese houses

  • and there are local businesses that have  been here for generations

  • one of the most iconic uh images though of kamishiken

  • is the inverted  lanterns

  • that the ones you normally see in gion

  • gion you have red lanterns with skewered DANGO

  • or sweet dumplings

  • that it's a red lantern with white dumplings on it

  • but here you  have white lanterns with red dumplings

  • and it kind of shows the connection to gion

  • but in its  own little unique way

  • it's has its own identity

  • talking about aesthetic

  • probably what you've  noticed most obviously is that we have come here at night

  • so the idea being and this is something  we want to get across

  • this is sort of the moral of the story for us

  • as we made this today was  that

  • it's not necessarily that we're going to a place that's more or less popular all the time

  • the philosopher's path is pretty well known

  • but the idea that you could go somewhere

  • and put  your own stamp on it

  • by just changing things up a little bit

  • we went to the philosopher's path  when it was summer

  • we've come here when it's night time

  • it doesn't take much

  • but you can make  something entirely original by just shifting the perspective on it

  • by a little bit

  • i want to thank  you guys so much for coming out to enjoy this time with us in the video

  • it's really cool to explore  all around kyoto like this

  • there are many more spots sandra would show me if we had more time

  • but perhaps that's for another video

  • thank you again for tuning in to this one

  • let us know in  the comments down

  • below

  • which section you enjoyed the most

  • where would you shoot your photography

  • we'll catch you in the next onethat's all for now

  • peace

in today's video we take a cycling tour of kyoto japan

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