2010 – Iki-shi, Nagasaki-ken, Japan, Earth


It's always festivals in Kyoto.Well, after two years living in Japan, I finally made it to Kyoto.

I LOVE it.

It’s partially because, compared with Hiroshima at least, Kyoto is currently much less humid than I’d anticipated.  It’s partially because gorgeous, big UNESCO World Heritage sites are just a hop-skip-and-jump away.  But it’s mostly because everything is so quintessentially Japanese.

The photo here was taken in the Gion district of Kyoto, which is famous for its old-style houses and alleyways, as well as the geisha that occasionally make an appearance.  It has to do with the Yasaka Shrine (or Yasaka-san/Gion-san).  I’m not quite sure what was going on. At some point, I’m pretty sure the ring-leader/MC was yelling “Fire Starter!” over and over.  There were also crowds of men in white traditional clothes carrying a small shrine with cymbals on it. They jumped in tandem to make the cymbals clang.  It was pretty random and cool.

Looking forward to the rest of my adventures here.  There’s so much to do!  D-Mug and I will have trouble deciding…


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