The Photographs of John Einarsen

This is the first in a new, occasional series of profiles of Kyoto-based photographers. Each photographer will choose five of their favorite pictures from around Kyoto and tell us a little about what those pictures mean to them. To start us off, Kyoto Journal‘s John Einarsen was kind enough to send me some wonderful black and white images of Shinnyodo; a temple complex on Mount Yoshida. John says…

All these images are from a place near my house where I take walks to find quiet, think, engage with a new visitor, or share intimate conversation with friends (alive or passed on). It contains two temple complexes, Kurodani and Shinnyodo, a cemetery, two pagodas, two bells, dirt lanes, Buddhas and beautiful maple trees. A very special corner of Kyoto!

John Einarsen

John Einarsen is originally from Colorado. He fell in love with Kyoto on his first trip here and settled down here in the early 1980s. He is the author of Zen and Kyoto and the founder editor of Kyoto Journal which he began with other poets and writers in 1986.

Zen and Kyoto is available from

Kyoto Journal #74 “The Silk Roads” is now available at the following retail storesPrototype record & Cafe Barbatica. Alternatively, you can ORDER your copy at (send name, address, card info) or SUBSCRIBE to KJ via “SILK ROADS”.
PRICES: Japan ¥1,500 • US $15 • Canada $15 • EU €10 • Australia $20 • Hong Kong $85 • Korea 20,000KRW.

You can preview the contents at the following links: one, two, three, and four, AND (!) I’ll be writing up a review very, very soon.

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