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Japan Trip—Day 6

Day 6 of 8.
Our first full day in Kyoto. This means no more time wasted on city to city commute, and all time dedicated to getting used to the lifestyle of a Kyoto tourist. Unlike Tokyo, the subway system isn’t as wide reached or as convenient in Kyoto. So instead, we relied heavily on their city bus transportation:

And for 500 yen (around $5 US), you’d get a day pass to ride like there’s no tomorrow.  091113_2 091113_3

First location of the day—Kinkaku-Ji, also known as the Temple of the Golden Pavilion. 091113_4“It’s officially named Rokuon-ji (鹿苑寺 , lit. “Deer Garden Temple”), is a Zen Buddhist temple inKyotoJapan. The garden complex is an excellent example of Muromachi period garden design. The Muromachi period is considered to be a classical age of Japanese garden design. The correlation between buildings and its settings were greatly emphasized during this period. It was a way to integrate the structure within the landscape in an artistic way. The garden designs were characterized by a reduction in scale, a more central purpose, and a distinct setting. A minimalistic approach was brought to the garden design, by recreating larger landscapes in a smaller scale around a structure.”


Dad grabbed some free fans from a local bank and…091113_6

This spot’s considered one of the World’s Heritage sites, along side the Pyramids and Grand Canyon. It’s pretty badass.   091113_7 091113_8

Here it is:091113_9
The Golden Pavilion was actually not cast out of solid gold. It’s a three-story building, where the top two levels are wooden construction by covered with pure gold leaf. Baller, nonetheless.

This kid’s got a plane carved on the side of his head. That’s cool.

Goldmember got nothing on this. 091113_11

People make wishes by tossing coins into the center bowl. Apparently, most of us can’t aim. 091113_12

Quick snack:091113_13 091113_14

Adjacent to the temple, there’s the Daimonji. It’s the letter of Grand in Kanji. 091113_15 091113_16 091113_17

Little time to eat, so we grabbed a couple of bento boxes for a quicky. 091113_18 091113_19

Location two—Kitano Tenman-Gu, where they house the god of wisdom/knowledge. 091113_20 091113_21 091113_22

Supposedly you get smarter by rubbing the head of the ox. Well, don’t mind if I do.  091113_23 091113_24

Sets of calligraphy tools were available for visitors to write down their wishes. 091113_25

Dad used this opportunity to practice a bit. 091113_26 091113_27

Tip for Kyoto: It seems as if all the mosquitos of Japan have migrated here for good. Just by walking through a couple of Shrines, I’ve already accumulated at least 5 bites across my arms. Bring bug spray. They love fresh blood.091113_28

While we headed towards our next destination, we came across a Japanese grocery store. There I found these $7 US grapes. Hot dam, they better replaced the seeds with diamonds for price like this. 091113_29

I also noticed that they offer soy sauce of all shapes and sizes: 091113_30

Continued our way to the next stop, I saw this: 091113_31

One of the cutest thing a store can have:091113_32

More snack—Shaved ice for around $2.50. 091113_33

Destination #3—Ginkaku-Ji, also known as the Temple of Silver Pavilion.  091113_34
“The sand garden of Ginkaku-ji has become particularly well known; and the carefully formed pile of sand which is said to symbolize Mount Fuji is an essential element in the garden.”


Here’s the ticket of admission: 091113_36
Looks pretty awesome, no?

“The two-storied Kannon-den (観音殿, Kannon hall), is the main temple structure. Its construction began February 21, 1482 (Bummei 14 , 4th day of the 2nd month). The structure’s design sought to emulate the golden Kinkaku-ji which had been commissioned by his grandfather Ashikaga Yoshimitsu. It is popularly known as Ginkaku, the “Silver Pavilion” because of the initial plans to cover its exterior in silver foil”091113_37 091113_38 091113_39 091113_40 091113_41

The streets of Kyoto: 091113_42

In the evening, we headed back to Shijo, the downtown district of Kyoto for more shopping spree. 091113_43

As a guy who makes t-shirt, I thought I had to pay a visit to this place: 091113_44

Bape’s no longer operated by Nigo, and I must say it’s much less of a buzz now to the people. I have never seen a store so empty on such a crowded street. 091113_46

This one’s for Daniel:091113_47
Too bad everything they sale can be found in the States, for probably half of the price.

There goes day 6. Day 7 we visit the shrine from “Memoir of the Geisha”.

Click the following to check out rest of my trip:
Japan Day 1
Japan Day 2
Japan Day 3
Japan Day 4
Japan Day 5
Japan Day 6
Japan Day 7
Japan Day 8 (The Best of Japan)

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  2. do you apply some kind of filter to your photos? because they look so clean and nice, whether it be during photo taking or post editing?

    1. I use VSCO for Lightroom for post edition. The lens I use is 24-70mm f2.8 from Tamron. The lens contributes to the sharpness, and the lightroom filter helps with the color. Cheers!

      1. oh wow thats amazing, second day looking through your blog, and im even more in love with your photograhpy, may i ask which vsco pack you use?

      2. oh and which settings/filter things do you use?