Kyoto, Osaka, Kyoto again
Trip Start Sep 14, 2005
9Trip End Feb 04, 2006
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On Tuesday I was feeling bored, so I send an email to my friend Masaya, asking whether he wanted to go to Kyoto for some sight-seeing. Turned out that (direct quote) "I`ve been bored all my life" and so we decided to meet the next day, 1 pm, Kyoto Eki (=station). After having bought the buss passes (a 500 yen which is nothing for being able to use the city busses as much as you can for a whole day), we headed for Kiyomizu Temple, one of the best places to admire admire the city
On Thursday I didn`t do much worth mentioning. I ripped some mp3s from Tofu`s computer (Chinese Malaysian exchange students with good skills in electric guitar and competence in four languages).?@Otherwise I dedicated the day to my semester project - I will be showing Finnish comedy shows to Japanese students and then (this is a fancy name my teacher gave to the project) I`ll do a "cross-cultural study on humour." Anyways, it`s a lot of work doing all the subtitles in English myself, and the Finnish in Kummeli and Studio Julmahuvi isn`t exactly the easiest to translate. But it`s all coming along (I think... I hope!)
On Friday I went to Osaka to meet up with Mariko and her Swedish boyfriend Matias (or Mattias.
On Saturday I continued my tour in Kyoto with Masaya. We went to Rokuon-ji, or more famously known as Kinkakuji, the Golden Pavilion. It`s a beautiful small villa of some ancient emperor, surrounded by a lake with tiny islands. The gardens were very beautiful too, and I was being Japanese and took a lot of photos, mochiron! After Kinkakuji we went to Fushimi Inari Shrine. It has thousands of shinto gates, and there`s actually a path up to the mountain that is entirely made of the shinto gates. The path is 8 km so we didn`t feel like going all the way, but anyways, took nice pictures, and now I can say I`ve pretty much covered all the major attractions in Kyoto.
On Sunday (which is today) I was planning on going to Osaka, but the weather is bad, and my tutor has a head-ache, and the digital cameras are actually cheaper here, so we are going to Midori later on instead
Some of the plans for the coming weeks include Kiyomizu shrine again (the autumn leaves are going to be burning in red and yellow in a couple of weeks), and perhaps the Universal Studios near Osaka. Obviously I`ll also be very much concentrating on my project as well.