Visiting Shimogamo Shrine on a beautiful February morning
was a pure bliss.
Built in the 6th century, Shimogamo Shrine (下鴨神社) is the oldest shrine in Kyoto. It is an UNESCO World Heritage Site, dedicated to Tamayori-hime (玉依姫) and her father, Kamo Taketsunomi (賀茂建角身) – god and goddess of Japanese mythology.
Located at the junction of two rivers and surrounded by an urban forest, the shrine ground was quiet and peaceful.
Next to the Taikobashi Bridge ( 太鼓橋)
Ume (Japanese plum) trees stood
In full bloom, they were an astonishing sight.
Afterwards, I wandered about little alleys in search of Kyoto’s original – Soymilk Ramen.
The yuba (tofu skin) on top was fresh and the milky-colored broth dense and flavorful.
The day I shunned away from tourists, I discovered the Zen of a city.
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