Tuesday, October 3, 2006

Day 6: Kyoto

I took the Shinkansen bullet train from Tokyo to Kyoto (2-1/2 hours).

Ginkakuji (the Temple of the Silver Pavillion). It was built by Shogun Ashikaga Yoshimasa in 1482. It was never painted silver because he died before it was completed.

I bet this moss has a superiority complex.

The Philosopher's Path. So named because philosophers and priests have strolled along this canal for centuries. I pondered what I should eat for dinner.

A view of Kyoto from Eikando Temple.


Octopus Grigori said...

The moss sign says something to the effect of "Kinkakuji no taisetsu na [something - moss?]." Apparently, this is very special Kinkakuji temple moss. I hope you ate some of it.

Octopus Grigori said...

Sorry, that should say "Ginkakuji" up there. I always mix up "Gin", which is silver, with "Kin", which gold.

Fun fact: Japanese word for bank is "Ginkoo", or place that has silver, where silver moves, etc.

Friday is "Kinyoobii", or "Gold Day".

creative-Type Dad (Tony) said...

Did you notice the projected ads in the tunnels on the "shickasan" (I can't spell it).

At least I thought I saw Asahi beer ads or maybe I was just craving it at the time.

chanchow said...

I didn't see the ads in the tunnels. Darn it, I wasn't paying attention. Next time!