Tuesday, 2 June 2009

Philosopher’s Path

Philosopher’s Path, Kyoto

Philosopher’s Path (哲学の道) is the path that runs along the Biwako canal, very popular with both domestic and overseas visitors.

Along the path there’re hundreds of cherry trees originally donated by a wife of Japanese painter Hashimoto Kansetsu and are called Kansetsu sakura (Kansetsu cherry trees): the present trees are not original ones which were planted nearly 100 years ago and they are carefully looked after and bloom every sakura season.

It’s easy to imagine how stunningly beautiful they must be in the cherry blossom season but I’ve never visited at that time myself. I don’t dare jump into the crowds. I may try to visit there at dusk next time.

The path is named after a philosophy professor Nishida Kitaro walked it regularly, hence its name which became officially adopted in 1972.

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