A Visual Love Letter to Kyoto

“In that instant I knew that Kyoto had installed itself inside me much deeper than mere fancy. No other place I knew took me back so far and so deep, to what seemed like a better time and self. And as I wandered back in the dying light, lit up with a sense of rapture and calm, I remembered the line of the poet Shinso: “No matter what road I’m traveling, I’m going home.” —Pico Iyer in The Lady and the Monk

Kinkakuji Reflection


Tenryu-ji Reflection


Calligraphy Reflection


Heian Shrine Reflection


Diagonal Dream




Shichi go san



Gail Rieke is an internationally recognized collage/ assemblage/ installation artist and teacher who lives and works in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She also publishes a monthly blog, ridetheflyingcarpet.blogspot.com. Gail has traveled to Japan many time over the years, and has co-led numerous tours with Steve Beimel.


  1. nancy says:

    Love, love, love! Thank you.

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