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Kyoto (and Osaka)
My son is studying in Kyoto, and I recently spent a week visiting. I spent most of the days walking the city, till my feet were sore.
2 Kyoto Station with Kyoto Tower in the background
3 The train station in Osaka
4 This is in the gardens of Osaka Castle. These photo-things were really popular for snaps.
6 There are a LOT of hunched over old folks in Japan. Some were bent at nearly 90°.
7 This is in Teramachi, an INCREDIBLE and large pedestrian shopping center in Kyoto.
8 Teramachi is just off of Shijo Dori, the main shopping street. Shijo has the mainstream more western-style shopping, and Teramachi has little stalls and much more local color.
9 Shijo Dori
10 Coming down the steps from one of the temples. Kyoto was swarming with school kids the week I was there. I believe it was the week that every 6th grader (or equivalent) went on a field trip to learn about japanese history.
11 A beautiful park adjoining one of the temples. Duck pond stocked with large carp. Awesome.
12 Back on Shijo Dori
13 This is the edge of the Gion District, which is known for its more traditional vibe.
14 The Kamo River from Shoji Dori. This marks the border between the shopping district and Gion.
15 Gion District
16 Gion District
17 These were in the Gion District. I paid 100¥ for the right to photograph them. There was a sign that asked that I put the payment in "the frog." (which you can barely see at the bottom of the third photo)
18 Like I said, lots of kids. Several interviewed me, obviously for school credit for speaking english with a foreigner.
21 I really enjoyed the english language T-shirts.
24 And the signs...
26 Philosopher's Walk. A beautiful walk from temple to temple.
27 A pre-school bus. Can you tell?
28 We went to Monkey Park, which is a LONG hike uphill. I pretty much felt the same as this monkey once I got up there.
30 A street performer in Osaka Castle Park
32 I bought some green tea for my daughter in Teramachi
33 And a fan for my wife (also in Teramchi)
34 Making cookies in Teramachi
36 I had fun watching this photo session for a bit.
37 Japan. Thank you. Exactly.
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