Japan Part 2: The Fountain of Youth

Traditionally-dressed young woman, drinking the water from the fountain in Kiyomizu-dera.


This is my favourite picture from my trip. It was a magic day. We just arrived in Kyoto and just decided to visit the neighbourhood as we knew there was a Shrine. We found a quiet one first and kept going up the mountain through an enormous cemetery. I don’t think I ever saw so many graves even in Normandy’s war cemetery.

We got to the top and found a UNESCO world heritage site: Kiyomizu-dera. We got there when the biggest flow of tourist was on their way out and enjoyed beautiful views against the sunset sky.

This young lady was dressed traditionally - not as a geisha as many people think as she had not make up on. On the photo she is drinking from a fountain of youth. Not hard to believe it works in a country with the oldest population. Her mum is actually on the other side taking a photo with her face.

Beckie’s Response: “Fountain of Youth” A4 watercolour & black fineliner pen

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