The Bamboo Forest at Arishiyama Kyoto, Japan. If a man walk in the woods for love of them half of each day, he is in danger of being regarded as a loafer; but if he spends his whole day as a speculator, shearing off those woods and making earth bald before her time, he is esteemed an industrious and enterprising citizen. As if a town had no interest in its forests but to cut them down! -Henry David Thoreau
JAPAN GLIMPSE A FADING CULTURAL ICON IN KYOTOS GION NEIGHBORHOOD If Japan has a face, its to be found in this small district directly adjacent to Yasaka Shrine, for its here that the geisha—or geiko, as theyre known in Kyoto—live and work.