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Susanne Reffert | IPMU | Japan

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Hello Kyoto!

Vermilion Torii on Inari-san (Fushimi Inari)

Vermilion Torii on Inari-san (Fushimi Inari)


One of the fantastic things about our job is that we get to travel. This week, a mini-workshop on Recent Advances in Gauge Theories and CFTs was held at the Yukawa Institute for Theoretical Physics (YITP) in Kyoto. Not only was I interested in the subject matter, I also got to go to one of my most favorite towns ever!
The YITP is part of Kyoto University, but separate from the Physics Department. It is an institute meant as a gathering place for all theoretical physicists in Japan and is running a very active schedule of international conferences and long term workshops.
Apart from the scientific interest, every Japanese loves Kyoto. The old capital, city of temples and gardens, is one of the most amazing places I know. Even though I have been there six times already, I am far from knowing everything worth knowing, and I’d go again any day if offered the possibility!

Garden of Tenryu-ji using Arashiyama as a borrowed landscape (UNESCO World Heritage Site)


The workshop being on Monday and Tuesday, we already arrived there on Saturday. Our explorations included the trails through the many Torii on Inari-san (top picture), a hike up Daimonji-yama and a visit in Arashiyama.
If you ever get the opportunity to go to Kyoto, don’t let it pass by!
Bamboo Walkway in Arashiyama

Bamboo Walkway in Arashiyama

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