Thursday, June 5, 2008

Mom and Jason's visit pt.2

Oh hello there. Welcome to...


This part of our tale finds us in Kyoto. After short rest back home in Kobe, we rode the train over to Kyoto, about an hour and a half journey. Andrea picked us up from Kyoto Station and we went back to her place before setting out. These pictures are out of order again, sorry. So, I will write under each one to tell where they are from.

This is from the dinner the first night we were in Kyoto. We went to a great modonyaki place called Fuji's. We've been there before and damn, some of the best modonyaki ever. Also really great nama-beer. We had a great time.

This is the Golden Pavilion, see because it is gold, right?
This was one of the last places we visited. If you look close on the patch of land near the bottom left corner you can see the crane! or is it a heron? some kind of Japanese bird!

This is Kiyomizu-Dera. A really famous, and beautiful, temple in the hills of Kyoto. We visited on the first day of our trip. This place is famous for having the water that is supposed to make you have eternal life.

This is the skyline view from Kiyomizu-Dera. That big tall thing is Kyoto Tower. Lots of people in Kyoto don't like it. They think it is too tall, ruins the skyline.

Here we are on the steps up to Kiyomizu-Dera.

This is at the first temple we visited called Sanjusangen-do. It is famous for several reasons: it is the longest wooden building in Japan, it hosts the very famous archery contest every year for the coming of age ceremony, and it has the mysteriously beautiful 1,000 Kannon statues. Each statue is about life size and each one is slightly different from the others. Very magnificent. In this picture I have apparently spotted something very interesting in the water...I think it was a crab or something.

Pretty Kyoto style garden.

Here is that photo from up there, only I am looking at the camera instead of the mystery water creature.

On the subways in Kyoto...I got sleepy and took a nap on Jay. I don't think he liked it.

So he responded by attacking me!! The fiend!

After resting, the next day we went to the Falafel garden for lunch. Mom had never eaten falafels before. Tasty as always.

Here we are the Golden Pavilion.

So Kyoto was great. Good weather and Andrea was a great host/tour guide. Though mom and jay had some difficulties sleeping on the floor, they got over it...after a day or two.

Up next will be our trip to the castle at Himeji!
See you then!

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