What I thought was a pleasant situation with few people suddenly felt lonely once I realized that it was because the Kyoto Imperial Palace was closed. No one asked the policeman standing at the Seisho-mon gate about the situation like I did, and most people seemed to have a clear understanding of the Kyoto Imperial Palace's opening schedule. I felt like I was the only one who didn't even know about the homework while everyone else was doing theirs.
The Kyoto Imperial Palace, standing in the Kyoto Gyoen, was, as the name suggests, the former imperial palace. The present Kyoto Imperial Palace officially became the Imperial Palace in 1392, and it remained there for nearly 500 years until Emperor Meiji went to Tokyo in 1869. Even today, some of the buildings that once stood in the inner sanctum still remain in the Imperial Palace. On the other hand, there is no trace of the residences of a noble family that used to surround the palace.
The shrines that used to shrine in the mansions still stand, but many of them are now just lined with trees. The trees were quietly being drenched by the light rain. It was as if the park had always had a calm atmosphere since the Heian period.
April 22, 2021
Kyoto Gyoen, Kyoto
SONY ALPHA 7R II
ZEISS BATIS 2/40 CF