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04 August 2007 @ 01:22 am
Kansai vacation day 2 - Kyoto galore~  
Here's vacation recap part 2 (of 5)!!

On day 2 (Saturday) in Kansai, Eda, Erin, and I woke up eeeeeearrrrrllllly and after breakfast hauled our butts out to Kyoto, the former capitol of Japan. Waaaaay former. Kyoto is a really old city, and it shows. It's very gorgeous, and far more mixed than general Tokyo in terms of architecture. I have to confess, I was quite surprised by the size of the city. Buses are the main form of transportation, and it took most of the day to transfer between different places that we wanted to see. ^__^

We met up with some friends of Eda and Erin's, and later on with my friend Andrew! It's been so long, it was really great seeing him again!! =^___^= I found that it was really pleasant sightseeing with him, we seem to go more or less at the same pace, and have a similar point of view. ^^

Pictures? Yes please! ^o^ *bounces*

Here is Kyoto tower, as I heard it called. I thought that it was particularily magestic-looking, right outside of Kyoto station. ^^

Um. Well, I mean, come on! How could I not take a picture of a sign like this?? ^^;;

An interesting stone boat outside of Kinkakuji temple. ^^

And more structures outside of the temple grounds..

The ticket to go inside.. I thought that it was really pretty. ^^

Here is Kinkakuji temple, also known as the Golden Pavillion. Isn't it gorgeous?? It is covered entirely in gold. Amazing...! o.o

Me + the temple ^-^

A group photo with the temple in the background. ^^ I hope that nobody minds that I post this!! ^^ (I tried to keep you guys out of the pictures that I posted for the most part unless I asked permission...)

The pond surrounding it.

Koi! <3

Me and the pavillion, being a camera whore. Erin took this picture. She's really talented, isn't she??

A tiny waterfall on the grounds. ^^

I was thirsty!! (Erin also took this one <3) I wanted this because it reminded me of one that I took with Kyo last summer. ^^

If you throw money at these markers, they'll give you good luck. I should have thrown money, because my wish has already come true. ^^

Keep out!! In other words, don't steal the money...!!

<3 I had these taken for my mom, actually. ^^

Another small temple on the grounds.

Burn the incense to purify your spirit. ^^

And after that... it was on to Kiyomizudera across town!! ^___^ It's rumored that the springs feeding this temple contain healing properties of some sort. ^^

Guardian lion. =D

It's very far up, in case you can't tell...

Take a drink!

MONEY!!! And within reach, this one! Okay, I'm not THAT broke! ^^;

Andrew, who thankfully met up with us on the way to the temple. It was so nice seeing him again! I really love how this picture turned out, hope that you don't mind! ^^

From the top of the temple grounds, you can see Kyoto beyond the trees. It was so pretty. ^^

More of the temple grounds..

I was against the railing of the plaza above when I took the picture of Kyoto in the distance. ^^

Temple poking through the trees..

This temple was being prepared for restoration, I believe. It was gorgeous, and the stripped-down woodwork really revealed the high level of detail! I was glad that Andrew and I took the small side trip up to find out what was up the little path. ^^

And here are the famous springs!! You catch the water in a cup and take a drink! It was cold and clean, though I'm not sure that it was the best I've ever tasted. ^.^ I felt uplifted, though! ^-^

Thank you to my photographer, Andrew! ^^

On the way back towards the station, we saw this cute lonely statue, and Erin decided to make him a little less lonely. =D

And walking around the Gion area, I spied this GIANT fossil! It was so awesome!!

Gion temple.

Andrew and I ^^

We walked around historic Gion for a while in the early evening. It was gorgeous!! Gion is famous for being the home of Geisha, and I can just imagine how it was back in the day.... Amazing, it's like being thrust back in time (minus the cars of course!)!! <3

Later that night was the Gion matsuri! It wasn't all that interesting, but there was a parade, and lots of men walking around wearing butt-floss diapers and not much else! It was quite disturbing when a rather large man raised his arms directly in front of us and we were treated to... a view. >.>;;;

The parade:

And with that, I'm off to bed!! More updates to come on Sunday, after my party is gone and I've had some long-time-in-coming rest!! ^_____^
Current Location: at my computer ^-^
Current Mood: bouncy
Kira_Shadowkira_shadow on August 3rd, 2007 04:32 pm (UTC)
didn't you go and transform into a geisha?
I found out that they have a fitting kimono for tall american girls, too XD (my host family's former student was a tall american girl and they went to kyoto and did the geisha thing with her =D)

and...kiyomizudera...did you to the Love-Stones Walk?
aah...your pictures bring back memories of 2 1/2 years ago...*wistful sigh*

still wish I was still there with you guys T.T

if I'm really, really lucky, I might get a scholarship for Keio University >.<
*crosses fingers*
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on August 3rd, 2007 11:00 pm (UTC)
Good luck!! ^^

No, I didn't do the kimono fitting this time because it was just too expensive. I want to do it in the future though!! ^o^
Kira_Shadowkira_shadow on August 3rd, 2007 11:05 pm (UTC)
Ganbarimasu~! ♥

yeah, wearing a real kimono is quite an experience...
the one I wore on the pictures (I dunno if I linked them in the mail...if not poke me again) costs around 100万円!!
(my yukata just cost around 3000Yen...including the geta...from UNIQLO of course XD)

I hope you'll have a great b-day party!!!
Kira_Shadowkira_shadow on August 4th, 2007 10:12 pm (UTC)
Miharuru ( ミハルル)miharuru on August 3rd, 2007 04:45 pm (UTC)
Awww gosh those pictures are gorgeous! ;_; <3 So green and awesome. Thanks for sharing these ;D
Miyumiyu_princess on August 3rd, 2007 04:49 pm (UTC)
Me too, I was in Kyoto last summer..only for a day though but anyway I saw a lot and lots of the places look very familiar. Lovely pics!
超ちゃ人chochajin on August 3rd, 2007 04:50 pm (UTC)
Woah! This is so interesting! There are still places that are not on my list for our trip to Kansai ^-^ Especially that golden pavillion looks interesting! Thanks so much *notes everything down* (*__*)
Those photos are all great!!! <333
❮CHIIAE❯chiiae on August 3rd, 2007 04:59 pm (UTC)
Ah so pretty! This place is a must visit for me!
2/5? *_* wow you guys were sure busy~ can't wait to see the rest.
cryduchatcryduchat on August 3rd, 2007 05:03 pm (UTC)
These pics are chok full of awesome. Dood, you are cute in every single pic. Dern photogenic people!
AMYLEET: eyelinerfuzzychan on August 3rd, 2007 07:32 pm (UTC)
Kyoto is where I went when I was in Japan... that place is just incredibly beautiful.
The Kyoto Tower reminded me of home because it's like the Space Needle... kind of.
So much fun hearing the Kansai accent over there :D
+: piggybabymoss on August 3rd, 2007 08:05 pm (UTC)
Kyoto looks very pretty! I like the first picture of you with the umbrella. You look very.. sweet and innocent? hehe :D

I love the temples ♥
Pure Trance: Fuyu no Semi - Nostalgicpure_trance on August 3rd, 2007 08:45 pm (UTC)
That Golden Pavilion looks amazing isn't it a Japanese national treasure or something like that? I hear about it in every asia-themed class I have taken.
C L O V E R: Fallidyllica on August 3rd, 2007 09:33 pm (UTC)
Awesome pictures. I love the trees and the temples. Oh, now...I so badly want to go, but I have to save up money! ;O;
Mindamindaroth on August 4th, 2007 12:16 am (UTC)
Hehe...yeah, you should do the Love Stones Walk at Jishu-ji in Kiyomizudera if you ever go back. There's a little shrine up to the side with guardian bunnies and foxes, and if you walk between these two stones with your eyes shut while saying the name of the person you like, you're garunteed a good relationship with them. Of course...if you get off track, that's what happens to the relationship, too. I wasted my walk on Anna Tsuchiya, because I wasn't into anyone at the time.
Mindamindaroth on August 4th, 2007 12:16 am (UTC)
and amazing pics, as always. I surreptitiously saved some.
akibareakibare on August 4th, 2007 04:03 am (UTC)
Something I noticed from your first post of pictures too, you comment about how you like taking pictures of things with texture, and you take pictures of the stone steps to the castle.

Here too, are stone steps. But...

It's interesting, I think, even in regular not-fancy places at all, in Japan there are so many more stone walks. Sidewalks are either inlaid stone mosaics, or just poured asphalt. The steps down to the subway, so often, are stone blocks. Grey, and stone.

It's something that strikes me, living in IL where our walks are either red brick (as in my old old neighborhood, half the streets are red brick too) or else poured white/grey concrete. I remember the stone walks, they're nostalgic :)
Chiakichiaki777 on August 4th, 2007 09:37 am (UTC)
I have that ticket too ^^ It's a good luck charm for health and wellbeing as well as safety in your home. Keep it in an exposed place somewhere in your house to have its effects last for one year ^^
chibichan03 on August 5th, 2007 02:19 am (UTC)
Wow, it looks like you had a blast. It riminded me of my trip to Kyoto about 2 years ago. It was nice to looka at the pictures and reminess (sp?). You have some great pictures there. One very similar to one that I took when I was over there.

P.S. Are you going to the Rikkai Myu??
fila: backstagefila_desu on August 5th, 2007 02:57 am (UTC)
OMG GION. O___O I've always wanted to visit that place!!!! *envy* xD

Looks like you really had an awesome time there :D
rapha_shirotan on August 5th, 2007 02:58 am (UTC)
Hi! ^____^

Happy B-day! ^_^ I don't know where you live, but here in Brazil is August 5th... ^__^

Your photos are amazing! *__*
Seeing these pictures and reading you talking about Japan make me more and more anxious!! ^^ Because I'm going there in January of next year...^^

Take Care! ^__^

padmapani56padmapani56 on August 5th, 2007 10:01 am (UTC)

Happy Birthday!!!
百加☆nitaspitas on August 5th, 2007 02:07 pm (UTC)
...I think lj just ate my comment >< sorry if you get this twice...

I feel like I have almost the exact same pictures of Kinkaku Temple somewhere on my hard drive... I didn't get to go anywhere else in Kyoto other than Kyoto Station, though...

and Happy Birthday!! *hugs* Sorry I missed your party, but see you soon (Sunday!) ^___^
saya_hara on August 5th, 2007 03:10 pm (UTC)
Today it is the 5th August in Germany, so it is your birthday. I would like to say to you: HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!

The pictuere remind me of my Japan tour. We visited the famous places too and I think the interpreter told us about the springs that one stands for love, one for money and one for future. I'm not sure but it was funny. have fun ^___^V greetings saya
Skye/Sorapepperminteacup on August 6th, 2007 12:40 am (UTC)
~~Otanjoubi Omedetou Gozaimasu!!~~
Your photos are gorgeous, btw!
pikunpikun on August 6th, 2007 03:23 am (UTC)
Happy belated birthday!

Great pictures you took! On those last two pictures, was the speed effect you want to portray?