Kyoto Light-up, the Evening of March 25,2013. The woman at the tour desk of the hotel told me the illumination of Kodaiji Temple and Kiyomizu-Dera temple had already started. But she wasn't sure about the illumination of Maruyama Park. It is famous for a Giant Shidare-zakura, The cherry appears in a very famous novel Sasame-yuki written more than 60 years ago. I wanted to see it weather illumination was on or off. So I took a bus to Gion. Yasaka Shrine there was lit up. Maruyama Park locates just the back of the shrine. It was very cold evening. Yasaka Shrine was deserted. Stalls of foods were closing then. I bought Yaki-Takenoko (Grilled bamboo shoot ) and Okonomiyaki. I tried Yaki -Takenoko for the first time. It was very tasty. Even if the shrine was lit up, it was still dark. I couldn't see the map and I lost. I couldn't find Maruyama Park. I somehow find the sign of Kodaiji temple. I gave up finding Maruyama Park and went to Kodaiji Temple. The temple and Cherries lit up was wonderful. We could go in the main hall building. There's a Sekitei, stone garden, lit up. This was my first time I'd seen Japanese garden lit up with colors. I prefer simple light up, but still I enjoyed it. Then I walked around the garden. It was mysterious beauty. Then I walked to Kiyomizu-Dera temple along Sannen-zaka slope and Ninen-zaka slope. These are very popular walking paths you can enjoy typical old Kyoto atmosphere. Because of coldness there weren't many people first, but near Kiyomizu-Dera shops were still open and people were browsing. Kiyomizu-Dera is my favorite place in Kyoto where I hope to visit every time I come to Kyoto. But I haven't seen it lit up. It was marvelous!! Just some Shidare-zakuras were blooming. Somei-yoshino under Butai, a stage, hadn't started yet. But I enjoyed my evening. I went back to my hotel by bus and took a Japanese style public bath. It wasn't very big and rather crowded. But in Kyoto there are not so many hotels with a public bath. I enjoyed my night in Kyoto.