日本 day1 | Getting to and diving into Kyoto

December 25 & 26: Traveling to Japan on Christmas day had its interesting moments:

  • My brother wrote me a going away note with a drawing of Godzilla attacking Japan.
  • There was the fact that I wore a Santa hat the entire day.
  • In my mind, I said goodbye to America while I was stuck between some genuine white trash in line at the San Francisco Airport Burger King.
  • I sat next to a guy on the flight over the Pacific who kept ordering milk whent he beverage cart came by… while I was watching Inglorious Basterds.  (If you don’t know what I would have been afraid of, check out the movie.)
  • The Santa hat did not garner much attention, but I managed to talk my way into emergency row seats (major cha-ching! for us tall folk).
  • There is a real lack of garbage cans or containers in Japan.  I ripped some plastic wrapping off of the backpack I had checked, and as I stood at the baggage claim spinning around in a scan for a trashcan, an airline agent came springing to take it from me so she could dispose of the wrapping.
  • I learned that each city in Japan has its own etiquette standards regarding which side of the escalator you stand on.

December 27: Kyomizu-dera was the first outing in Kyoto.  Face and I visited the site in the morning and had company the next day when his friends from his Japanese program, Chad & Malia, came in to adventure with us.

I saw prayer postcards for the new year; bad fortunes on trees that were to be returned to the wind; drank some purifying water (which I was jokingly told would bring me easy childbirth); and I walked between two rocks blindly (in order to guarantee I would find my true love).  The sunsets were all just grand while I was in Japan, and we were fortunate to see a full moon eventually as well.

I adore Kyoto, and this is probably one of my top cities to have been to.  This is where I felt a pulse of Japan, aside from the urban sprawl, etc.
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One thought on “日本 day1 | Getting to and diving into Kyoto

  1. Omgs. So beautiful. Hard to remember them all with simpleviewer. Loved the night scene. Blow these up on your blog and post um one by one! Take us with you next time. So fun! Great shots.

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