The postman has been kind today, delivering another ‘Postcard From Home‘.

However today’s mail comes from a place worlds away from Concord, Sydney. It comes from Kyoto, Japan, a place of unbridled beauty and centuries-old tradition, where travel journalist and photographer, Rachel E T Davies, writes to us from the former imperial capital.

A “Gai’jin living in Kyoto” (foreigner in Japanese), Davies has called Higashiyama, Kyoto home for the past five years. But instead of glamorous Geisha slinking through the labyrinthine-like streets of Gion or travel zealots keen to snap every last morsel of Uji matcha, an exceptional quiet has fallen over the once teeming city.

Here, Davies describes what isolation looks – and feels – like in Kyoto, and how even in the strangest times, beauty can be found…