Kyoto with Minori and Jason - June 30th, 2003
Minori and I continued on to Kyoto, and met up with Jason. We walked around and saw a bunch of temples and shrines.
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Minori posing near the entrance to Tou-Ji in Kyoto.
aaaaawwwww ... da widdwe kitty is sweeping on da motorbike ... so cute, so cute
Heian-Jingu has this huge gate, built right over the street.
Inside Heian-Jingu. It's bright orange, like the huge gate. Japanese people insist that this color is actually "red", unless it's anything other than a temple :p
If you walk through this hoop that they made, you will have some kind of good luck. I walked through it twice, so I'll be cursed forever. ha ha just kidding. Lucky me!
Wash your hands before you go into the shrine, it's good Shinto.
A shot of the main shrine building.
These roofs are sooooo cool... I want one when I get home... I wonder how much it would cost to mail 2 tons of clay tiles home... I wonder how much 2 tons of clay tiles cost in the first place ...
Here's another shot of the big orange shrine gate, you can see it's atually quite huge.
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After lunch we headed over to Nanzen-Ji. This temple is HUGE, and very old, and also a national treasure. And, I am not sure, but I think this guy is taking a picture of me taking a picture...
Nanzen-Ji has a huge aqueduct running through its grounds, this apparently carries water all the way to lake Biwa in Shiga prefecture, and was built like a zillion years ago or something.
This is what the aqueduct looks like from the top.
Jason putting his shoes on the giant OBVIOUSLY MADE FOR SHOES shelf, where everyone else put their shoes except for some stupid tourist who just kind of threw his wherever he felt like it. Kids, if you travel the world, make sure you watch what other people are doing, it's usally the right thing to do. Or at least look out for signs that say "put your shoes here"...
After we put our shoes on the shoe shelf, we saw this really nice little tea room inside the temple. Unfortunately the focus is bad and you can't see the little waterfall through the window.
The aqueduct arches.
Coming soon to a theater near you: "Minori IV, the revenge of the return of the son of MINORI... it came from the aqueduct ..."
Minori and Jason pose as we walk along the aqueduct. I don't have any idea why it looks like Minori is making an angry face ... really, I don't ... she wasn't... silly digital camera