Moar lillies (at Kyoto)
Buy this one she says (at Kyoto)
Last day in Kyoto with these amazing ladies x (at Kyoto)
7.21 Japan | today I’m leaving to go home. How do I sum up Japan? It’s an incredible petri dish of culture that’s been busily figuring out it’s own way of life until about 70 years ago when Americans came and went hey, soo hamburgers anyone? But despite Japan’s interesting take on Western culture there is so much to learn from their way of doing things. You can think about food differently, design differently, interpersonal relationships, mannerisms, what is polite and casual, what is edible. For someone in love with travel I can’t dream up a cooler place to go experience.
In Tokyo up close everything appears tightly organized but from the train zipping through the buildings it looks like one big Blade Runner distopia.
Kamakura showed me how devoted to spiritual practice Japanese people can be. Whether it be insightful Zen Buddhism or paganesque Shinto. The Japanese still hold to their beliefs in Gods and enlightenment and that’s inspiring coming from a mainly atheist social group.
The people I met traveling are courageous and curious and hell bent on having a good time. I’ve learned a bit from each of them.
You can pour hot water on a little cookie thing and it turns into soup.
There are girls that dress up like dolls and the most dedicated hipsters I’ve ever seen in Tokyo.
Toilets range from The ones you squat over the public toilets to western style thrones with features like: a babbling brook sound, biday, drier, seat warmers, automatic seat lifting action, and a whole bunch of buttons I was a scared to try such as flow strength, direction and special shower.
That’s enough for now. Basically I ❤️ Japan (at Narita International Airport , Terminal 88)
Temple guarding (at Nishi Honganji)
7.19 Gion, Kyoto | friendship to the rescue! This morning I had no clue where I would be staying and every hostel was fully booked. I turned to couch surfing, facebook, and the internets and I got back like 4 options. Amazing. So today I rode my rental bike around until I was soaking wet from the rain. Ate some awesome sushi off a conveyer belt, looked at temples, used internet from the hotel I stayed in with my parents by sitting outside, and people watched. Oh and koi watched as well. They’re so pretty. (at Gion)