2006-03-14

Kyoto pics

Here are pics of beautiful wintertime Kyoto. It may be cumbersome but by following this adventure log and this map you can get a good idea of what my adventure was like. The pics have timestamps that correspond with the appropriate log entry for easy searching.

The most memorable places were Kyoto University, where I interviewed a prof, the pristine Ginkakuji garden, the grand Kyoto station, and the serene night scenery. Also very memorable were my aching legs that bore me over 40 km that day.

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10:20 - Kyoto station. I should have taken pics of the inside; it's really grand with a view like Terminal 3 of Pearson airport. There's also a large department store there with escalators arranged so that it looks like one really long escalator (ie. not overlaid on top of each other). Quite breathtaking.

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10:55 - Nishi-honganji temple.

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11:55 - Kiyomizu temple.

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12:10 - Maiko girls on the way to Gion.

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12:20 - Gion pool.

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12:20 - Wish board at Gion. There is one that says, "Please let Mr. Asakawa meet a good person."

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1:50 - Kyoto University. The construction sorta ruins the pic, but oh well. This building is the easily recognized clockwork tower, and the tree in front of it is the university's crest.

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3:25 - A peculiar work of art at Ginkakuji.

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3:25 - A beautiful spring/stream/waterfall in the Ginkakuji garden.

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3:25 - The Ginkakuji itself.

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5:00 - Kyoto Imperial Palace.

Hope this was enjoyable!

5 comments:

transcendent said...

I recently saw "Memoirs of a Geisha" (which actually took place in Gion), and one thing that's been bothering me is: What's the deal with those unergonomic-looking platform shoe thingies?

Ambrose said...

My guess is tradition, probably way back then somebody forsaw the coming of the Spice Girls and made the girls wear lifts.

Jason Yu said...

Hmm dunno. Like Ambrose, I'm guessing it's just tradition. When you go to an onsen (hot springs resort) you change into wooden sandals that are similar.

I think Holland's famous for its wooden shoes as well.

Alan said...

Yeah, I remember hearing a bit about wooden shoes from Holland.

Perhaps the sandals are to help the wearer feel taller and thus more significant? :P

Kagami said...

So where's the pic of you with the Emperor? ;)