Before I begin, I must warn you that this post is sixty eight photos long. OTL
We headed for Arashiyama in the morning. It poured some parts of the way, otherwise the weather remained at a constant drizzle that was punctured with dry spells.
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Our first stop was at the bamboo forest. I remember thinking that pandas would have been happy there. :D
And then a cemetery smack in the middle of the path. I was a little concerned over the detailed cloud thing at the top left hand of this photo, but I suppose reflection off the rain would cause this instead of say, I dunno, a miasma of spirits or something…
We came upon this little shrine too:
We walked for quite a bit until we saw by chance, the entrance to Tenryuuji, a world heritage site. I was like, ughhh more temples, while Senpai was like, It’s a world heritage site. So we went.
These were things we saw on the way there:
Random tanuki statue. This one amused me a lot because of its big balls (I don’t deny that I possess the mind of a nine year old). Some of those I saw even have got big boobs. Wikipedia talks about it.
The sign says “Air Safety – Flying Cloud Avalokiteshvara”. Senpai mentioned that there was a story whereby someone looked out of a plane window and saw Avalokiteshvara flying on a cloud. You know, I’d always thought that Sun Wukong would be spotted doing this, while Avalokiteshvara floats benignly on a giant lotus…
We finally reached the part of Tenryuuji where we had to pay the entrance fee:
Also, hello electronic vacuum cleaner!
We went to explore the vast back gardens behind the main building:
I must say, this particular stream looks pretty good with the chalky water look though.
I think at this point, Senpai got a bit tired and went back to the main building, while I continued exploring the gardens. By exploring, I mean climbing a flight of stairs which unexpectedly led to even more places. I was half afraid that I’d get lost/take too long and Senpai would get fed up with waiting for me. XDD
Senpai stopped me as we walked past these cuties along the roadside. Later when I showed Kyohei the photos, he said that these were Ojizou-san.
On a side note, I’d also previously complained to him about the structure of Japanese toilets (why separate the toilet bowl from the sinks and all that, such grief it caused me), and he told me that it was because there is a separate Ojizou-san for both the bowl and the bathroom. Okay, I can’t argue against a religious reason. :P
We walked further in in search of lunch:
We popped into this empty place for lunch, although it was probably empty because we were a little early for the lunch crowd. When we left, the place was quite full with salary men, workers and a family.
According to Senpai, this place was famous for their yuba (tofu skin) ramen, but I fancied a little more protein, so I called for pork ribs ramen.
After that we waited for the bus to take us back to Kyoto station.
The bus ticket and my bus fare of 240 yen. The number ‘5’ stamped onto my ticket means that I boarded on the fifth stop, and the corresponding bus fare would be reflected on the large LED board in front of the bus. Alternatively, some bus stops already tell you how much it costs to get to certain stops in the form of a table. In Japan, you usually board at the back door, and alight at the front, paying as you alight.
We went to Loft, which, according to wiki, is a hobbyist store found nationwide. This building had a basement level and I think seven levels above ground. We were drawn immediately to the toys and stationary sections XDD
There was a storewide 20% discount! It was disappointing when we went to the Tokyo branch and there wasn’t any discount. :(
ANYWAY, LOOK WHAT WE FOUND:
The creator also cubified a few other things.
One of the things that I was really looking forward to when I went to Japan was the Macdonalds:
The other thing I was looking forward to in Japan’s Macdonald’s was their 100 yen menu:
Five things are on this special menu: small Coca-Cola, McPork, small fries, Shaka-Shaka chicken, and apple pie (I think).
Next up, we go to a place I’d been looking forward to!