Saturday, April 19, 2014

Nanzen-in Temple - Kyoto, Japan

Nanzen-in Temple is located within the Nanzenji complex. It has a nice moss garden and its within a bunch of other things to check out! You can reach it by going underneath the aqueduct on the grounds and up the stairs. It is at the location of the former villa of Emperor Kameyama. These buildings were built in 1703 since previously it was destroyed in the Onin Wars. 
It had a nice garden that had a path that wandered behind the pond and along the trees. It felt closed in with the trees all around, added to the magic...

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Friday, April 18, 2014

Jikkoin Temple - Ohara, Kyoto Japan

Jikkoin Temple is right across from the entrance on Nanzenin on Ohara just north of Kyoto. I almost passed on it since the price was high (700 Yen) and it seamed small but I went ahead inside. I got some tea and a sweet to enjoy while I looked upon the gardens. The gardens were lovely. It is a sub-temple of Shorin-in back in 1013.

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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Assateague in the morning

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I got up really early on Sunday morning on our trip to view the Sun rising on the beach. That morning was extremely chilly but worth the view. Assateague is really a wonderful park to walk on and view wildlife and recommend it to anyone who wants to get away from everything.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

The Climb up Fushimi Inari Taisha - Kyoto, Japan

Fushimi Inari Taisha is a great place to visit in Kyoto and is always highly recommended as one of the places to go see. It is even seen "Lost in Translation". I had done a post about it previously with lots of information so I will just go on with what I did that visit. I arrived really early so I had a lot of time to hike up by myself which was amazing!

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Have a Drink in Japan

I stopped in a bar to grab a drink and do some writing. If you have not had a chance to have a beer in Japan, go ahead and give it a try.
What I notice in America is that people here do not like a lot of head on the top of their draft beer, they want more liquid then foam to get their "moneys worth". In Japan when they poured it for me they lit it almost come to the top before they used another dispenser to add foam on top. I wonder if it has something to do with the Japanese enjoying the flavor of things as the foam has a rich flavor on it. Much like slurping their soup to get the flavor. I got a Kirin Ichiban  draft and it was quite refreshing!

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Monday, April 14, 2014

Chilly Chincoteague Part 2

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I wanted to swim but it was too cold and I know if I decide to go in the summer it will be super crowded. It was really peaceful out at the time no one in sight but it was already 35 degrees with 20 mph winds on the beach. I stood out there for a few pictures and got right back into my car!

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Saisho-in of Nanzen-ji Kyoto, Japan

Saisho-in is a small temple within the Nanzen-ji complex. There is a small garden within the malls and I noticed these statues that I took pictures below. I didn't get anymore pictures then that must have been distracted. I twas built maybe around 8th century. 

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Friday, April 11, 2014

Chilly in Chincoteague Part 1

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It has been quite a while since I did a post on anything recently, just a lot of my photographs from Japan. I did go to Chincoteague and Assateague Islands back in February for Valentines day/weekend. My girlfriend booked a trip and we went for two nights and it was really enjoyable to get away for awhile. There were no crowds there but it was a little chilly and we even saw some snow. Anyways there was some wildlife that we saw and even ponies!

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