Photographs by Thomas A. Kligerman
Kyoto is famously a city of 2,000 temples and shrines, though, when we arrived by bullet train, it was as modern and brightly lit as Tokyo. The temples are often part of very complex building ensembles of cloisters and raised walkways, areas of combed gravel, shaped trees and gardens.
We began our visit at a centuries-old fabric house, the home of a firm that has supplied fabric to samurai, emperors and shogun. They make beautiful silks with intricate patterns, weaving in gold leaf paper cut into very thin strips.