Sunday, May 2, 2010

Mrs. Gold and Mr. Mud

We kicked off Golden week with a trip to the Fukuoka temple with our district. We now realize how fortunate we are to have always lived so close to temples.

Despite the lack of sleep we had a great time.

With a week off of work and only three weeks left in Japan we decided to take a trip to Kyoto.
Here is Peter at the main gates of Sanjusangen-do

Sanjusangen-do is known as the "longest wooden structure in the world". I have noticed that Japan likes to claim most world records.

Peter and I climbing the steps to the Kiyomizu temple.

These three fountains are near the Kiyomizu temple. There is a huge line to drink from there waters which are said to promote either: health, wealth or beauty. With everyone drinking out of the same cup we decided against the germfest.

During holidays or when visiting temples a lot of Japanese will get dressed in their Kimonos to go out. I love how traditional they are here in Japan.

Kiyomizu-dera was our favorite site. It is set on the side of a mountain and the view is simply amazing.

One of the most visited sites in Japan is the Golden temple, or
Kinkaku-ji temple. To be honest, with the way everyone talks about it, I was expecting something a little grander.
This was the general feeling for the trip.

With Kyoto being so close to Osaka we couldn't pass up the chance to go to the Osaka aquarium and see the two whale sharks that live there.

I was having a lot of trouble getting photos of the whale shark, this is the only one that gives you a good idea of how big they were. I was hoping they would be a little more wild like a great white shark. But they are so tame and gentle. I was hoping for some Deep Blue Sea action.

These are Japanese Giant Crabs. These photos really didn't turn out either but I wanted you to see how big these crabs are in comparison to our bodies. They look like something out of an Aliens movie.

I love the way a jellyfish moves.
Our 24 hour trip to Kyoto/Osaka was up there with my favorites since we have been in Japan.


Susan said...

Those crabs are giving me the heebie jeebies!!!

Suzie said...

I can't believe you guys did Kyoto and Osaka in 24 hours! Kudos to you!