Day 16-17 – Kyoto

27 06 2008

After taking a day off/resting it was time to head off to Kyoto.
All tour guides, books, etc. will tell you Kyoto is a city that should not be skipped no matter how busy/packed your schedule may be. This couldn’t be more right. What makes Kyoto great is not only the old-fashion/old-era vibe, structures, and temples but also its people (Kansai people are more down to earth, funny, and humble). A highlight of the day was at Fushimi-Inari where by total coincidence I met Ana Maria Canseco. First of all I must say she is a total sweetheart. Furthermore, for those who say the TV does miracles, she looks even better in person, so take that! Pretty much everything was beautiful so is hard to choose which pictures to upload, so I will just pick some random ones.

Here comes the shinkansen.

Walk into the heart of Kyoto.

Start of the temple/shrine adventure.

Entrance to Fushimi-Inari

Let the 鳥居(gates) begin! (not sure about you, but this is one of my favorites shots)

Ana Maria Canseco at Fushimi Inari.

Guess I didn’t know which facial expression to use at the moment (it was something between amazement, happy, and in shock).

Entrance to Golden Temple

Think you can make it into the pan?

Strong 抹茶(green tea powder for tea ceremonies) and Japanese sweet.

Beware of poisonous snakes.

Sorrounded by bamboo

Random things while on the philosophers road.

Pure Water Temple

Come on, is Japan you know I had to throw the v sign!

Ok, let me move out of the way so you can see the temple.

Called the pure water temple for a reason.
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Note: Noticed how empty it was? Well, thats because I was actually the last person to set foot on the place before closing. I literally had to run to make it on time (arrived 1 minute before closing time). This temple is usually so packed with tourist and school trips that you can barely take pictures.

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Day 13 – Kawagoe

27 06 2008

Decided to visit Kawagoe (Little Edo) to get more of the old Japan vibe. The moment one starts walking down some of Kawagoe’s streets you emediately feel like you returned to the past. The houses, the streets, the food, everything is from the Edo era. (a pity some streets allow cars to come in ruining the vibe however, it was still amazing). While pictures say a thousand words, this is a place were pictures could never express the vibe nor beauty of the town.

Walking to Kawagoe

For fans of traditional Japanese sweets/candy Kawagoe is like heaven.

If only cars couldn’t enter.

Had to take a picture! This house looks pretty American.

Thats more like it, back to normal.