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Tales from Japan – part 5

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We woke up early Sunday morning and caught a train over to Kyoto, a much more laid back city than Osaka. From our ryokan, we were able to walk to the grounds of the Imperial Palace. The palace itself was off limits unless you went through some super complicated permitting application, so we just toured the grounds and the parks that surround it. Dinner was more revolving sushi…did I mention that we love that stuff? The next day Anne and I walked down and saw some temples and shrines that are in the middle of Kyoto. The city is dotted with temples, and the dichotomy of such an old structure in a modern city is really striking. After lunch, I went for a run along a river that runs through the city. The Japanese seem to really be into keeping warm, wearing ski caps and gloves even when it is warm outside. I ran right after a cold rain, so I must have looked like a crazy person running through the city in shorts and a t-shirt.

Revolving sushi, the world’s greatest concept.

A Japanese KFC.

A temple in the middle of Kyoto.

Crossing the river.

All hail Captain Santa.

Tuesday morning found us heading back to Tokyo for our last full day in Japan. As much as we loved Japan, we were getting anxious about heading home at this point. We missed our dogs, missed our bed, and missed our normal routine. Also, I was craving a burrito to the point of near psychosis. Our hotel room, on the 33rd floor, offered up great views of both Tokyo Tower and Mount Fuji. It was nice to have a final, quiet night overlooking the cityscape of Tokyo.

Mount Fuji, as seen from the shinkansen.

Sunset behind Mount Fuji and Tokyo Tower, as seen from our hotel room.

Tokyo at night, from our hotel room.

Our last night.

And then we came home to Tallahassee, where we are now living in a jet lag induced fugue state. The Japanese scavenger hunt was a lot of fun, I got 6 out of the 10 items. I also gave myself +1 for finding a pirate, and +2 for running into Paris Hilton. So I’m calling it 9 out of 10, because it’s my game after all.


Written by Scott

November 18, 2007 at 10:49 pm

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  1. Welcome back! I’m glad you had a nice visit in Japan, my home away from home.


    November 19, 2007 at 1:18 am

  2. Is it just me, or does the Japanese Colonel Sanders bear a striking resemblance to Captain Santa?


    November 29, 2007 at 11:16 am

  3. It is an uncanny resemblance. I presume that one day Kyoto will be destroyed as Japanese Colonel Sanders does battle with Captain Santa.


    November 29, 2007 at 11:21 am

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