Saturday, April 19, 2014

Walked 15 miles today




The food has been wonderful in the inns.


Milles feuille for tea.

Boys day flags.


We can leave our back packs unwatched..even with our money and passports inside. Not an issue.
Courtesy and kindness abound.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Shopping in Kyoto

Too expensive..


Hard to handle in a hotel room.
Tiny and pretty...
Huge and handsome...
Elevator ladies directing traffic.
Knives being engraved with our names.
Liked the packaging. Unsure of the contents.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Still in Kyoto

Arashiyama bamboo grove this morning.
A wonderful lunch. 
Geisha performance. Beautiful costumes and stage settings. 

Creepy water dispenser/fountain.



Monday, April 14, 2014

Nara

The train trip to Nara this morning was short...too short. We got off at the wrong station and had to re-board another train to make the complete trip. Our guide Kikuyo was very sweet and efficient. In 6 hours we got around to most of the big sights of the city and enjoyed dodging deer all the way. The Nara deer wander around all over the place, poking their heads into shop doors looking for handouts.

It was a "biggest" day - largest wooden structure in the world and largest buddha in Japan, neither of which photograph well. Instead here's the deer....

About 1500 deer wander the streets...150 per year die in traffic accidents. Their blood line dates back hundreds of year. 
The city  mascot.
Green tea ice cream with convenient cone rest.

Temple with 3000 lanterns lit twice a year. Must be some job!
Love wishes..

More lanterns.
The largest wooden structure is very impressive in person, but a yawn in a photo. 
And a replica of the buddha's hand.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Around Kyoto








Melons covered with soy paste? We're not completely sure.
Decorated rafters..