The next few blog posts are from a trip to Kyoto, my favourite place in Japan. This photo was taken in Gion- famous for Geishas and the tea houses where they entertain. Gion is mesemerising to walk around- meandering through an endless maze of pint-sized streets, all lined with cute little shops, restaurants, and tea houses- it feels as though you are in traditional Japan, but with a very modern edge. There are international restaurants and cool bars, all intertwined with traditional Japanese Izakayas’ and beautiful Buddhist temples. At night everything lights up- in a subtle, pretty way; not like the neon glow of other Japanese cities. I took this picture using a long exposure, capturing couples and friends sprawled along the river bank enjoying one of the last evenings of summer.