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kyonoki - 京のキー The valley of thunder

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京のキー The valley of thunder

The valley of thunder

Arashiyama used to be a thirty minute bike ride away. I can't count the times I have waded in and boated on the river, buying tacky souvenirs and exploring the temples hidden in shadowy bamboo groves. Once, it housed the summer villas of the nobility, set in Saga's moor and amongst the meadows beside the Katsura river. Now it is preserved as a tourist honey-trap, crowded in all seasons (there was even a report claiming that in the next few years it will again overtake Kiyomizudera as Kyoto's favourite tourist destination). My last memory was of snow-covered mountains, but this time the sun was out and the trees were still green.

Rhod and I lingered long enough for an ice-cream. Maybe it is the familiarity of the place still that prevents me from missing it. Perhaps that was the theme of our entire trip. Both of us do not believe in our hearts that we will be away for long, and perhaps it will be in our backyard again soon.

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