The First Day of Spring, and a Walk in Kyoto


Arguably March 1st is one of the most significant days of the year: if you assume the three months of springtime are March, April and May, then March 1st is the first day of Spring.

Alternatively, if you have a more flexible view of when Spring begins, then the first day of Spring could be the first day that actually feels like it’s Spring.

On both counts, March 1st in Kyoto was the first day of Spring this year – at least for those of us fortunate enough to spend it in Kyoto.

After an unusually cold, late winter, there was suddenly this day of bright, warm sunshine – warm enough to take off coats and even sweaters. It was a brilliant day – an incredibly perfect day for taking a stroll along the Philosophers’ Walk and visiting Zen gardens and temples.

The Philosophers’ Walk is a place of peace and beauty – a perfect place for a walking-meditation. It begins at Ginkaku-ji temple – the Silver Pavillion – and runs alongside a river heading south down the far eastern side of the city, exactly where the built environment meets the moutains. The views from the temples and their gardens are quite stunning, as are the temples and gardens themselves.

It hardly seems worthwhile trying to describe them with words, since that’s probably been done extremely well elsewhere by professional writers. In this blog, photographs will have to suffice.















About 3D Eye

Gary Foskett and Clare Blackhall are educationalists, writers and consultants. We work with schools and other organisations who share our vision of how schools, businesses, etc should work in the 21st Century. We also run courses and contribute to conferences - speaking about our three dimensional model of intelligences and how schools, colleges and universities can develop the full potential of all their staff and students. We also offer consultancy for businesses and public sector organisations to support staff training and organisational change and development. For more detailed information read our blog at or see our website at
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