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Philosopher’s Path – Kyoto, Japan 2016

philosphers_pathphilospher_path4I spent 2 wonderful weeks with my family in Kyoto, Japan over the Chinese new year, just got back to NYC. Above is the sketch I did over this small street just off the famous Philosopher’s Path. Below is a description from Japan-Guide.com:

The Philosopher’s Path (哲学の道, Tetsugaku no michi) is a pleasant stone path through the northern part of Kyoto‘s Higashiyama district. The path follows a canal which is lined by hundreds of cherry trees. Usually in early April these trees explode with color, making this one of the city’s most popular hanami (cherry blossom viewing) spots.

Approximately two kilometers long, the path begins around Ginkakuji (Silver Pavilion) and ends in the neighborhood of Nanzenji. The path gets its name due to Nishida Kitaro, one of Japan’s most famous philosophers, who was said to practice meditation while walking this route on his daily commute to Kyoto University.

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