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Japan, 48 Hours in Kyoto: Fushimi Inari-taisha


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The Famous Shinto Sanctuary

For our first morning, we wake up at dawn. From Kyoto station, we take a local train to the south of Kyoto, Fushimi. This is my third visit to Kyoto and surprisingly, my first visit to the famous Shinto shrine Fushimi Inari-taisha dedicated to Inari Okami, the deity of rice crops, abundance and joy.

We arrive before 8 am, but the site is already full of many visitors: tourists and schoolchildren. Without thinking too much, we head to the hypnotic red and black Torii, the giant doors of Shinto shrines. The engraved inscriptions on Torii represent the names of the donors and the dates.

On a slope of the Inari mountain, segments of aligned Torii climb to the summit (233 meters), to go down by another side (see the map of the sanctuary on the last photo below). Naively, we thought the climb would be fast. In fact, it really climbs. There are several levels and some offer a panoramic view of Kyoto (photo below). 

As we get closer to the summit, there are fewer and fewer people. Till finally feeling a contemplative calm among these Torii surrounded by nature. I am cradled by an orange light on an intense green background. Yes I’m back to Japan! Kind of weird, the way back from the top to the bottom of the mountain seemed longer. Plan for the whole visit, an entire morning if you do not like to hurry (and have time to take your pictures alone).


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Japon, 48h à Kyoto: Fushimi Inari-taisha


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Célèbre sanctuaire shinto

Notre première matinée. Réveil aux aurores, depuis la gare de Kyoto, nous prenons un “local train” (omnibus) vers le sud de Kyoto, Fushimi. C’est mon troisième séjour à Kyoto et étrangement, ma première visite au célèbre sanctuaire shinto Fushimi Inari-taisha qui consacre Inari Okami, la divinité des récoltes de riz, de l’abondance et de la joie. 

Il n’est pas 8h lorsque nous arrivons, mais le site est déjà rempli de nombreux visiteurs, touristes et écoliers. Sans trop réfléchir, nous nous dirigeons vers les hypnotiques Torii rouges et noirs, les portes des sanctuaires shinto. Les inscriptions gravées sur les Torii représentent les noms des donateurs et les dates.

Sur un versant de la montagne Inari, des volées de Torii alignés, sillonnent vers le sommet (à 233 mètres), pour redescendre par un autre versant (voir la carte du sanctuaire sur la dernière photo ci-dessous). Très naïvement, nous pensions que la montée serait rapide. En fait, ça grimpe vraiment, il y a plusieurs paliers, dont certains offrent une vue panoramique de Kyoto (photo ci-dessous). 

Au fur et à mesure que nous nous rapprochons du sommet, il y a de moins en moins de monde. Jusqu’à ressentir enfin un calme contemplatif parmi ces Torii en pleine nature, bercée par une lumière orangée sur fond vert intense. Singulièrement, le chemin du retour, du sommet à la base de la montagne m’a semblé plus long. Comptez pour l’ensemble de la visite, une bonne matinée si vous n’aimez pas vous presser.


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Fashion & Beauty Essentials For a Weekend in The Hague

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Cocktail at The Hotel Des Indes

I try to pack minimum items especially for weekend travels. Boyish basics: a pair of jeans and black pants, black shirts, V sweater and three-quarter lengh coat. With beautiful accessories that will bring a touch of glam rock …

A friend invited me to the Hotel Des Indes considered as the fanciest place in The Hague. Minimalist rock: I match a pair of skinny jeans and black wide T-shirt, with Sam Edelman black suede high heels booties and a lovely black and pink leather clutch, Lilu for Mademoiselle K, for sale on this blog.

To add a glam touch, the glossy red lipstick, Pure Color Envy Liquid Potion (330 Lethal Red) of Estée Lauder, with pulled hair and no make-up. I even wear it during the daytime! Less is – definitely – more.

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For Walking Into Town

During the day, I go to museums, do shopping and explore the different neighborhoods, sometimes I stop in a restaurant or coffee. Suffice to say that I walk a lot!

So I chose the flat booties Palladium in waterproof leather. Surprisingly I find they refine the calf and are pretty feminine and comfortable too! I wear them with black pants or jeans.

Plus a Massimo Dutti pouch where I slid my tram and museum tickets and an old school city map.

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Breathing at The North Sea 

Great fun. Long walk with a friend, on a preserved part of the beach lined with dunes. It’s windy and raining. That’s why I wear this gorgeous plastic pink poncho (LOL!). Great match with my multicolored Skechers

Currently, I am more concerned to moisturize my face and clarify my complexion (which tarnishes with the imminent arrival of winter) than wrinkles. After seeing an improvement on my mother’s mature skin, I use the Estee Lauder Enlighten serum and cream. After two months, her spots are slightly faded and her complexion is more radiant. Even the texture of her skin looks better. 

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