2015-05-04

Himeji Images

One of the most striking castles has to be (姫路城 Himejijo. Unfortunately everyone else had the same idea and it was incredibly crowded. Still, I managed to snap dozens of wonderful images of Himeji Castle.


Upon entering the grounds, one is greeted by (Shachi - no, not Chachi), which is a mythical creature with the head of a tiger and the body of a carp.






This is 姫子ちゃん Himeko the elephant. If you look in the background you can see the castle.




On loan from the zoo, she looks more content here than in her cage. I can't say the same for the ostrich, pigs or black-headed squirrel monkeys.



Oh cool, there's a Monorail!

 (Monorail)
 (Monorail)




As you can see, the lineup to enter the castle was immense with a wait of over two hours. So, I decided to merely check out the grounds and enjoy the view of the blossoms.













Ahh! Glowing fish!


A final shot of the Castle as I walk into the shopping district.


 Ironically, this statue of pigeons has NO pigeon poop upon it.


Finally, if I ever decide to get a tattoo, I'm going to get this prick to do it!

2015-04-30

No Kinkajou at Kinkakuji.

After a 15 year hiatus, I finally got to see Kinkakuji. I visited Kyoto on Golden Week 15 years ago and due to the crowds, didn't even bother with with the Golden temple. I went the day after GW on a Monday and the darned temple was hidden behind a tarp for cleaning and restoration! This time around, I did manage to snap a few nice photos of the place and its surroundings.




















I ended my visit to the Gold Temple with a Goldfish.

ps. In case you're wondering what a Kinkajou is, watch this.



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