Travel Blogs from Nikko
Sorry I haven't made a post in a few days, our hotel in Kyoto did not have
a strong connection to wifi for android phones. However, there are two
things I have noticed in the past few days in the city of Kyoto.
#1- Everything is designed for convienece and purpose. We were climbing a
mountain in Kyoto, and what did we find at the top in the middle of
nowhere? A vending machine. You can also find them next to shrines ...
... grinning foolishly, I must add). While everyone around us was happily slurping noodles and we were waiting for our dumplings, I started listening to the music that was playing-It's the soundtrack to Frozen in Japanese. I had my moment-I realized I was in Utsunomiya, Japan in a train station, waiting for meata dumplings while on a journey to a Shinto-Buddhist holy place while listening to Disney music.I could not have been happier.
... rooms, they didn't just change the sheets.
They straightened our things, and even took loose change and arranged it by
The sense of space and arrangement is very prominat here. I was speaking to
one of the translators and he told me about how everyone had their own
potted plants or small garden because how cramped the city is, and how that
is how they keep a sense of nature.
Today we will be doing a washi workshop and the sumi ...
... scrollwork decorated almost every surface. We also climbed up a winding and steep staircase (200 steps even) through a serene forest to the austere and sacred mausoleum of Ieyasu Tokugawa. It was quite a pleasant change from the busy atmosphere (countless busloads of tourists and school trips) of the buildings below.
After a few hours wandering around there, we walked by the Futarasan Shrine and Taiyuinbuyo, and ...
... times. I passed some local huts and the visitors center and right after that there was a serious bit of climbing. The Japanes, being practical just made a path straight up the mountain which resulted in a very steep climb. I could take just a few steps before i had to catch my breath again and even though it was pretty cold i was sweating really heavily.
I got to the top and after descending for a couple of minutes the snow was almost completely gone and it ...