Part 2 – Japanese Gardening Tools Adult Coloring Pages

Japanese Gardening Tools 2 Adult Coloring Book - 90 Days in Kyoto Part 2 of the Japanese Gardening Tools Adult Coloring Pages is ready for you to download and color in. This part features Japanese brooms and maintenance (手入れ - te-ire) tools, as well as the famous and practical three-legged aluminium ladders and a bamboo … Continue reading Part 2 – Japanese Gardening Tools Adult Coloring Pages

Gravel and Rock Garden Coloring Page

I hope you find coloring this temple garden scene just as relaxing as I found drawing it. It is based on a picture I snapped from behind the rocks of this Zen temple garden, an unusual view of the building. Download this Gravel and Rock Garden Coloring page here: Japanese Gravel and Rock Garden Coloring … Continue reading Gravel and Rock Garden Coloring Page

Coloring Japanese Garden Tools & Gear

Get all you non-colors out and enjoy coloring this overview of Japanese Gardening Tools: Download the coloring page as PDF here:Japanese Gardening Tools 1 Coloring Book - 90 Days in Kyoto Jika-tabi (地下足袋)- classic Japanese gardener gear - soft rubber-soled cotton boots with metal kohaze clips to adjust individually to your calfs Tekkou (手甲) - … Continue reading Coloring Japanese Garden Tools & Gear

The Tiniest Garden – A Mini Comic in the Making

There are many ways to tell a story. I've been working on the story of my 90 days in Kyoto on and off for the last few years, stalling and starting again and again. Maybe there is a different way to get my experience across? In my time in Japan I discovered manga as a … Continue reading The Tiniest Garden – A Mini Comic in the Making

Day Zero – Why am I on this plane?

This feels like a real journey, like real travelling. It is a journey, a path and I don't know what to expect. All I can do is take the next step. And another one.

Onigawara – Japanese roof tiles at Toji-in temple in Kyoto

When I left the temple, I saw a lot of Japanese roof tiles (kawara 瓦), ornamental end pieces and ogre tiles called onigawara (鬼瓦) arranged on the ground under a tree. The temple just underwent major restoration work and the tiles were probably stored/exhibited there. The first thing that caught my eye was a row … Continue reading Onigawara – Japanese roof tiles at Toji-in temple in Kyoto

Grumpy Dumpty – Daruma paintings at Toji-in (等持院) in Kyoto

The first thing you see when after you take off your shoes at Toji-in temple is a huge daruma painting at the end of a long wooden corridor. The comical rendition of a seemingly grumpy Bhodidharma, with eyes wide open, surprises and and reliefs some of the heavy, solemn atmosphere one expects when entering a … Continue reading Grumpy Dumpty – Daruma paintings at Toji-in (等持院) in Kyoto