Kansai: Kyoto Winter Walk ’N’ Write

Heian Shrine GardenLed by Rebecca Otowa, author of At Home in Japan and My Awesome Japan Adventure.

Get that blood flowing again—to your brain as well as your extremities—with a brisk walk followed by a writing-and-sharing session. We’ll meet at Heian Shrine in Kyoto and take in the formal garden, which has a subtle beauty in winter and not too many people. Heian Shrine, itself, is a scale replica of Heian Palace, which was originally built in the late 8th century when the capital was moved to Heian-kyo (today’s Kyoto).

Afterward, we’ll walk (about 15 minutes) or cab it down to Tadg’s Irish Pub in Kiyamachi Sanjo, for drinks and snacks. There, we’ll each write a short piece about what we experienced, and then share it with the group.

Whatever genre is most comfortable for you—haiku, flash fiction, micropoetry, sonnet, a plain old paragraph, whatever. Join us for a civilized afternoon in Kyoto. If there is a little powdering of snow, so much the better!
 

Stipulations:
(1) Silence. No talking to anyone from entering until leaving the garden.
(2) No electronic devices to be used during the walk through the garden, with the exception of taking notes and/or photographs.
(3) No cheating—walk, experience, process and THEN write later!
 

Date: Sunday, March 1, 2015 ← (DATE CHANGED from Feb. 15 due to Kyoto Marathon!)
Meeting time: 1:00 pm (We should get back to Tadg’s by 3 pm.)
Place: Meet at the main entrance of Heian Shrine, Okazaki Park, Kyoto (http://www.heianjingu.or.jp/)
Cost: 600 yen (garden entrance fee), minimum 1 drink and snack at Tadg’s
Reservations:  We recommend you contact us at SWET Kansai to ensure we reserve enough seats at Tadg’s.
 

See you there! Don’t forget your woollies, gloves and hat, not to mention writing materials.