Category: Japan

This is a picture of a mini shrine mixed with several other smaller shrines around one larger shrine in the middle of a shopping district of Kyoto. It was really cool and i’ll  give more information about that market in a later post. What i will share now is just that these little shrines, and that might not be the most accurate word to describe them, were everywhere, and usually not many employees or guards around them. People just came and made offerings and prayed at them whenever they wanted.  After the Jump I’ll continue my story of my first night in Japan, out on my own.

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Hey! It’s Tammy! One of my guides and i believe was responsible for most of the planning on my trip. I could have that wrong but either way she did an excellent job. This is her showing us how to people traditionally cleanse themselves before entering the shrines/temples. You take that wooden tool and scoop some water into it and wash your left hand, then again with your right hand, and then once more and clean your mouth (as is pictured) and then on final time and drip the water down the handle to wash itself off.

After the jump I’ll continue the story from when i arrived at the ryokan sakura house. That’s right i put a link in! Check it out and I highly recommend them. Hit the Jump for the review.

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This is a photo is taken just before the staircase leading up to Ryoan-Ji. This is Tammy, our guide on our first day of the tour and at the first stop on our tour. Many people asked me what my favorite part of the trip was and i really can’t answer because everything was so amazing. I’ll be posting another image of Tammy soon so i will take this opportunity to just post a photo i like and continue on to my story from the airport to how i spent my first night in japan after the jump.

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Well this is a first. I have 4 images to upload and i’m just waiting on type to post. I am ahead of my game! So hopefully you all will get a great week of content. This here is a photo of a lotus flower. If my memory servers me correctly they only are bloomed for about a week and then die. Apparently we missed most of them but there were 2 in bloom where we visited. This one was outside Ryoan-ji.

Read on for my adventures on arriving in Japan, stepping off a plane where you don’t speak the language for the first time is pretty exciting.

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So the images that will be going up on this blog are a little out of order in terms of the actual trip. This shot is from our second day waiting for the train back to Kyoto Station. The sun was setting crowds were waiting. There was something very comforting about riding the train at this time and seeing everyone around. But perhaps it was because I had just enjoyed an amazing day in Osaka.

A little more information after the jump

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Train Back / Red

Woo, 3 posts in less then 7 days! This might actually happen. This is an image of a staircase, which if i remember correctly was blocked off at Kinkaku-Ji. I was trying to match some color corrections an artists used for his illustrations, once i find some of his images online and his name i’ll be sure to add the link here. I guess it kind of just looks like glorified instagram right now, but i kind of like it. Click the image for a high res or hit the jump for an alt with some graphics overlaid and some more japan stories.

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Sweet image from the backside of Kinkaku-Ji

For everyone who doesn’t read text, This is the Kinkaku-Ji or Golden Pavilion. Check out it’s magnificence! Of course if you don’t read then you won’t see this and shame on you for skipping over! But i can’t blame you, i skim blogs at the speed of scroll these days. So i guess depending on how fast you scroll it might not be too impressive but i have the finger dexterity of a internet champion!

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Here is an epic photo, boy i hope you can see it.

Whoa, I’m back for all my readers…you are out there right? *Chirp Chirp* Awwwwww.

Long story short i took a trip to Japan with a new camera. I’ve been using it as means to explore photography, from in camera shooting to photo editing in photoshop. Long story long to come in a later post. Hopefully over the course of the next several hundred photos there will be some improvement. (click to see a higher res version)

Japan Photos

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