Philosophers’ Path Roof

Roofs in Japan have always fascinated me.  I think it is probably because I grew up in Arizona where they are all brown and a lot are flat.  Even modern Japanese roofs tent to maintain an interesting aesthetic appeal, yet change by region.  In Okinawa, for instance, many are made of clay.

These roofs are along Kyoto’s Philosopher’s path.  The path is a long, scenic walkway, that is a great and free way to see the city.  I was lucky with this shot, getting several variations of roofs all at the same time.  The closest is rather simple, with flat blue tiles on the top, with slightly more decorative ones under the protective eaves.  The background buildings show off the far more extravagant curves and half-cylinder tiles