Japan update!

I’m finally getting a chance to blog from Japan because we have good wifi in our hotel in Tokyo! It has been a wonderful adventure so far! Pete and I spent our first 10 days in the Kansai area and visited Kyoto, Kobe, Nara, and Osaka.
My first blog, however, will focus on the magical, peaceful and beautiful Kyoto. We spent five days there, and I hope I get to go back.

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There’s me in the rain on our first night in Kyoto, looking for a place to eat in the beautiful Pontocho alleyway which is full of restaurants.

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This is the trail of torii gates at Fushimi-Inari shrine! It’s a Shinto shrine to the god of sake.

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The temple behind me, Kiyomizu-dera, gave us a view of all of Kyoto!

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We also saw a lot of Ojizo-sama, which are statues of divinities that apparently protect children. The bibs are put on them by parents who want their children to be safe! (I just looked it up).
Explanation of ojizo-sama

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We saw lots of fans… And cats (neko)… And books that we couldn’t read.

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This bowl of ramen was amazing. Best I’ve had, and it’s going to be hard to beat it. Restaurant was called Santoka in central Kyoto.

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Had to post this picture of a beautiful butterfly! Saw it on the way to a tiny shrine next to a waterfall.

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We were given comfy slippers to walk around Eikan-do, a temple with many rooms of beautiful ancient art that we couldn’t photograph!

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I daresay that I enjoyed this meal.. A bit. Omen noodles, broth and veggies at a restaurant called, well… Omen.

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Pete and I spent a while watching storks fish for their dinner on the Kamogawa river.

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We walked through this amazing bamboo forest!

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One of the coolest experiences of my life… We fed macare monkeys and chilled with them in their natural habit at this monkey park on the top of a mountain!

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Had an awesome dinner on the river.

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Watched some swans groom themselves on the side of this lovely pond.

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On the last night, we watched for fireflies at this beautiful river! Didn’t see any, but it was still so peaceful.

That’s all for Kyoto! Had to hold back on posting other pictures but it’s still long!
Until next time….

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