Thursday, June 16, 2016

Happy Thursday!

In March, I went to Japan with my Dad for spring break. It was just one of those trips where he found a good deal on airfare and lodging, and the timing worked out so we decided to take a trip to a place we both have wanted to visit for a really long time: JAPAN!

We spent 3 days in Tokyo and 3 days in Kyoto. It was amazing, and I haven't stopped thinking about it since! Tokyo was really overwhelming and busy, and my dad stood out like a sore thumb since he's so large (6'5" - very, very large in Japan). But kids really liked him! Kyoto was more my speed. There are so many historic parts of Kyoto, and shrines and temples everywhere. There were so many things I wanted to see, but we didn't have time. I also got really sick while we were in Kyoto, so we did have to slow down more than we would have, or have on any other trips we've taken. So obviously, we will just have to go back in the future. These are some of my favorite photos of my trip to Japan!

The view from the top of Mori Tower in Roppongi Hills.
The sakura trees were just starting to bloom.
This is my dad. He's real cool.
A samurai residence inside the imperial palace in Tokyo.
Vending machine coffee. America needs this.
A gate to the Imperial Palace.
Harajuku station.
The shrine in Tokyo dedicated to the "war dead." Plus you can see my dad towering over everyone.
When you enter a shrine, you have to cleanse yourself in one of these fountains. This one was one of the prettiest.
A view on the train... somewhere between Tokyo and Kyoto.
The moment I fell in love with Kyoto.

Walked right in front of my picture looking all cool and intrepid.
The foxes of the Fushimi-Inari shrine in Kyoto.

These torii, or gates, cover the path of the shrine all the way to the top.
There are thousands of these gates. 
Off the beaten path about halfway up the hill.

Bean paste cakes. I don't even know.
Geisha in the Gion district of Kyoto.
The bamboo grove outside of Kyoto.
One of the most precise sandwiches I've ever eaten. 

The streets of Kyoto.
The guy on my dad's left just really wanted a picture with my dad. And everyone in his group. I have no idea why.

The sun sets on a temple in Kyoto.

I'm obsessed with the 5 story pagoda in Kyoto.

We saw these "Colorado Masusan" coffee shops everywhere. No idea how it connected to Colorado, but we thought it was funny because we live in Denver.

Nijo Castle in Kyoto.

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