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Travel Blogs from Ota
... position and work their way up through the ranks...or not....depending on their ambitions. Before I go further, let it be said that in all fairness even the position of split girl is not to be taken lightly. There is a lot more that goes on during performance than meets the eye of the audience. A trapeze team is exactly that, a team. A successful and engaging performance requires the full participation of all the members, not just the lead flyers. Also, many ...
... this city and next is three weeks. Usually it is two. Since I haven't seen my family (except on Skype) for four months now, I am eager to take this chance to do so! Hopefully I'll get to spend some time with a good many of my friends as well!!
Lastly, for fun, I put together a short video showing a bit of what my traveling city looks like. Clearly, I will never have a career as a videographer but I hope you enjoy it anyway.
... and off we go to the little town of Nikko, a little mountain town with a wonderful mountain stream running through it. We find the bus to the shrines and we settle in for a lovely ride. It's all very green and the pine trees remind me of coastal redwoods-and nestled among them is the Toshogu shrine complex.
The shrines are amazing. I'll let my pictures describe them for me. The place was peaceful even though school kids on a field trip ...
This morning Cole and I got up at 5:00 am and walked about a mile to
Tenmongu Shrine this morning. As we walked along the road, the buildings
became older and older as we approached the base of the mountain. The
architecture is very rustic and intricate. The 30 foot walls of the shrine
were covered in relief, and even a 6 inch bird had every single feather
depicted. Detail is very important here. This is also true to everyday
life. When the maids ...
... even have little plastic flowers inside of them to make them more attractive. The light poles normally have some kind of decoration or chandelier.
We were recommended to eat breakfast in the basement of a store called Mega. It is the largest store in Kiryu, and is kind of like their version of Walmart, but nicer. We wondered through it, noticing normally ordinary things but presented in a new way. The people must have thought ...