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... the deer crackers to the tourists. There were
also many old tomb raider style lanterns lining the paths through the
gardens; covered in moss and cracking. Stopping for a quick lunch
turned into a long one after a dog walker decided to start talking to
us in very good English and told us all about where she has travelled
and gave us advice on Kyoto etc. Her dog was very well trained too
although fancied eating the rock and rubble and an occasional freak
... really caught my attention and I had to drop in to listen to him. I picked up an ocarina he had on display to inspect it and the man got up to show me how to hold it and play it. I'm not a musician by any means nor do I really appreciate music that much so when he told me to blow into the ocarina I wasn't too surprised to hear a terrible sound. The man, who spoke practically no english kept showing me how to hold it properly and ...
... another snack, a potato korokke. It is like mashed potatoes that has been spiced slightly and then covered in breadcrumbs and fried. It was quite tasty. A while after that Kouki-san had to go, but I gave him my e-mail address so that he could contact me. We will meet again and he will show me some temples and other things.
All in all I had a really great day and I made a new friend, something I had not expected. Mata ...
... were old and grand, but there were only a few visitors.
Then we headed for Mt Hiei. The mountain has a huge temple complex called Enryakuji Temple, one of the most famous temples of Japan. Because the temple area is spacious and we did't havemuch time, we had decided to visit only the main hall (Komponchudo). The hall is registered as a National Treasure of Japan. Although my mum had a little trouble to get there from the car park ...
Once again we can use our Japan Rail Pass to get ourselves on the speedy Shinkansen bullet train bound for Kyoto. (noticed that to-kyo and kyo-to use the same letters, what's that about?) Kyoto is a lovely city well known for all the beautiful temples and a bamboo forest.
Because we still have one day left on our rail pass, we opt to go to the bamboo forest today in the little ...