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


I feel bad for the blurry dude in the front here... not a flattering photo.So, as much as I enjoy Kyoto, there are three things that you should know before you plan your next trip.

  1. The summer, it is hot.  Well, exempting Hokkaido, everywhere in the summer is hot.  But Kyoto is also quite hot.  And humid.
  2. There are mosquitoes.
  3. The tourists are legion.  It’s hot.  It’s humid.  It’s full of mosquitoes.  Yet there are still thousands upon thousands of foreign and Japanese tourists.  I feel like the counter for tourists should be “horde” as in a “horde of tourists” a la a “horde of zombies.”

The photo above was taken at the Kyoto Imperial Palace.  There are only two English tours offered each day (Monday through Friday), which means that there’s a big clomp of tourists that stagger their way through the one kilometer tour.  The buildings were very simple–for a rich person’s house, I guess.  In fact, the paintings and style at Nijo Palace, the historical palace for the Shogun outside of Edo (Tokyo), were much more intricate and expensive.  According to our tour guide, this was because the Shogun really did just have that much more money and power than the Emperor.  For then, as now, the Emperor and his family was more of a figurehead.

The whole time I was there, though, this was my thought: “I MISS MY 10-22mm LENS.  WHY DID IT HAVE TO BREAK?!  WHYYYYYYYY???”

Oh well.


2 responses

  1. Marleen Govaert

    We’re going to Kyoto soon. I think we’ll just skip the imperial palace!

    August 1, 2010 at 15:31

    • K@

      It was interesting, but I think it could be skipped in favor of some of the other imperial palaces. Or other shrines, depending. Or even a Kabuki show (which I didn’t get to see… still.) You can visit the actual palace the current Emperor goes to when he goes to Kyoto–just need to reserve in advance. According to our tour guide, the gardens there are lovely.

      August 1, 2010 at 20:12

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