That’s the second part of the article.

Now we’re already at the mid of December, and we have to say goodbye to momiji season. After a week of unusual mild temperature, suddendly whitering wind has started to blow and the last leaves have begun to fall from the trees. Winter has finally come.

TOFUKU-JI SHRINE

Last saturday it was the perfect day for me. I woke up refreshed after a long sleep and I felt super energetic. So after doing my laundry and other stuff in the house, I went out to see if there was something in the mail box. It was a bright sunny day and even if it was very cold I decided that I couldn’t lose the opportunity of taking advantage of the beautiful sunny day to go somewhere exploring, also beacuse colder days are waiting for us. So I rushed to one of my friends living with me and told him: “Let’s go somewhere to see a shrine”. At the beginning he wasn’t really feeling it but I told him:” Come on, these are the last days to see the momiji, and I don’t really feel like “wasting” my day on books” and I managed to convince him. I’d heard that Tofuku-ji was was of the best spot to enjoy the momiji, so we decided to go there.

Unfortunately as we arrived there the reception was already closed, so we couldn’t enter. Anyway since we’d made all the travel there we didn’t want to come back empty hands. We had a walk around and we realised that there were actually lots of tourists who’d had the same idea. It was such a pity that we missed the peak bloom, but still we enjoyed the last red trees.

KIYOMIZU-DERA

Kiyomizu-dera is one of the most famous Kyoto’s shrine. I went there during my first trip to Japan and I decided to wait for fall to go visit it once more. Some of my colleagues told me that there was going to be a light up event there, so we planned to go there together. Kiyomizudera is located in one of the most beautiful areas of Kyoto, Gion. Gion is the traditional district in Higashiyama famous for being the home of the geishas, or geiko in Kyoto-ben, and ochayas, that’s to say tea rooms. If you take a walk there you’ll feel like you’ve gone back to the past, but this feeling will disapper once you’ll notice luxury car passing by and jidouhanbaiki (drink dispensers).

The night we went there the path stretching from the renowned pagoda to the Kiyomizu was particularly crowded. Everyone was there for the same reason we went there: the light up. The first thing that we noticed was the blue light projected in the night sky. “Kimi no na wa”, exclaimed one of my colleagues. It was actually true, the blue light resembled the meteora of Matoko Shinkai’s movie.

Comparing to the light up at the Kodai-ji I must admit that I preferred Kiyomizu’s one. Even if I went to the two shrines within the same week, at Kiyomizu the leaves were at their peek bloom. Also, maybe because we got there just an hour before the closing time, it wasn’t so crowded. So although we had to hurry up a bit, we still had time to stop by to admire the show of Kyoto at night and also to take some pictures.

KITANO TENMANGU

Kitano tenmangu is one of the shrines that are very close to my house. We’re already at the mid of december and lately it has become very cold. Despite that I still wanted to see the last leaves of the season so I decided to go there on wednesday. Even if a cold wind was blowing and it seemed that it was about to snow, this didn’t stop me and went out anyway.

The day I went there there were groups of high school students with their teachers. One of them was explaining how to do thhe purificatiion of the hands.
Even if most of the trees were almost with no leaves, some of them were still enduring. I was charmed by a tree in particular cause its leaves had different shadows, from yellow to redish and I was lucky enough to admire just in the only moment when a shy sun came out

This photo was taken by my friend, you can see his pictures on Instagram: https://instagram.com/francesco_ciani?utm_source=ig_profile_share&igshid=6nloq88s3ibz

There are a lot of shrines and spots I visited during the momiji season. Of some I almost have no pictures, but I can assure you that I’ll keep these memories in my mind.

Were you in Japan too for the momiji season? What’s you impression?