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Photo #36 – Arashiyama Raven, Kyoto

Raven on rooftop in the Arashiyama district of Kyoto, Japan.

This photo corresponds with Episode 4 of the Savage Japan Podcast. Episode 4 can be heard here at SavageJapan.com or here at SavageSnowPodcast.com.


Just before crossing the Togetsukyo Bridge while still on the bridge’s north side, I shot this raven taking a break on a distinctive Arashiyama area rooftop.

I moved the marker in the map below to the actual rooftop, instead of the place where I was standing as I took the photo. I’m curious about what this building is. I’ll check it out on a future visit to Arashiyama.

By the way, Shigureden, a museum that apparently has a strong connection to Nintendo, is located in this vicinity. It’s on my list of places to visit. I’ll be taking listeners with me in the podcast when I get back to Arashiyama. It looks very, very interesting. Here’s a link to the Shigureden website.

Japan Photo Journal – Living in Japan
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Grab anywhere on map to scroll around precise spot where above photo was taken. Zoom in & out with buttons in left corner. To learn more about geotagging your own photos, visit LearningtoGeotag.com.

Photo #31 – Black-Winged Dragonflies of Arashiyama/Sagano

Black-winged dragonflies by the Hozugawa River in Arashiyama, Kyoto, Japan.

This photo corresponds with Episode 4 of the Savage Japan Podcast. Episode 4 can be heard here at SavageJapan.com or here at SavageSnowPodcast.com.


Though this overall area is largely referred to as Arashiyama, technically it seems that I may have been in the Sagano neighborhood as I hiked upstream on the north side of the Hozugawa River.

Maps, guidebooks, and websites are in dispute and no one I have asked so far seems to know where the separation between the Arashiyama and Sagano districts of Kyoto really is.

Because I was always so close to the Togetsukyo Bridge during my visit this time, I initially thought the entire area I was biking and strolling in was Arashiyama. I will try to figure out the true borders over time and maybe learn a little about the history of Sagano and Arashiyama.

From a tourist’s perspective, Arashiyama is the area name to remember. This region of Kyoto is certainly more generally referred to as Arashiyama by visitors to Kyoto and locals as well.

As mentioned at the end of episode 4 of the podcast, the other side of the river has a trail that leads up to the Arashiyama Iwatayama Monkey Park. We’ll eventually check that out also.

Though I did cross Arashiyama’s Togetsukyo Bridge as the sun set during my visit to Arashiyama, I spent most of my time next to the river and exploring developed trails on a large hill on the north side of the bridge.

Photo Details: These black-winged, fluorescent teal-bodied dragonflies by the Hozugawa River paused just long enough in the riverbank foliage for a photo in Arashiyama/Sagano (Kyoto, Japan).

Japan Photo Journal – Living in Japan
Dan Savage [Email]

Grab anywhere on map to scroll around precise spot where above photo was taken. Zoom in & out with buttons in left corner. To learn more about geotagging your own photos, visit LearningtoGeotag.com.

Photo #29 – Arashiyama Cat Man, Kyoto

Arashiyama cat man in Kyoto, JapanThis photo corresponds with Episode 4 of the Savage Japan Podcast. Episode 4 can be heard here at SavageJapan.com or here at SavageSnowPodcast.com.


This is the Arashiyama Cat Man referenced in Episode 4 of the podcast. I didn’t want to invade his privacy. I hope this photo that doesn’t reveal his face is considered respectful.

The preceding photo of the Arashiyama dog and this photo of the cats were taken almost in the same exact spot, within seconds of each other. I simply turned around to get the cat photo.

Interestingly, the dog had no interest in the cats, and the cats had no worries about the dog. That didn’t stop me from using the opportunity to force my weak Japanese skills upon the cat man; I attempted to comment that there was a dog approaching. He curtly told me it was not a problem; the Arashiyama cat man obviously did not wish to play along with my attempts to practice Japanese. :-)

Japan Photo Journal – Living in Japan
Dan Savage [Email]

Grab anywhere on map to scroll around precise spot where above photo was taken. Zoom in & out with buttons in left corner. To learn more about geotagging your own photos, visit LearningtoGeotag.com.

Photo #28 – Arashiyama Dog in Kyoto, Japan

Walking with dog in Arashiyama, Kyoto.

This photo corresponds with Episode 4 of the Savage Japan Podcast. Episode 4 can be heard here at SavageJapan.com or here at SavageSnowPodcast.com.


Arashiyama Dog Walk
They say dogs look like their owners, or is it the other way around?
If nothing else, I thought this person’s shoes were visually compatible with his canine companion.

Japan Photo Journal – Living in Japan
Dan Savage [Email]

Grab anywhere on map to scroll around precise spot where above photo was taken. Zoom in & out with buttons in left corner. To learn more about geotagging your own photos, visit LearningtoGeotag.com.

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