We’ve been here for a week now and Alex and I have fully emersed ourselves into the Japanese way of life and we love it! We have mastered the metro, the buses, eating out, and learned how to say ‘thank you’ two different ways.
We’ve seen some amazing things this week and definitely made the most of what Kyoto has to offer, such as :
Kinkakuji temple or ‘the golden pavilion’
Fiushimi inari shrine, or 1000 arches
The monkey park with great views of Kyoto
We also ate some amazing ramen…
And today I decided that my number one priority when I get to Thailand is to get a tan…
If anyone wants to mail some fake tan over for the time being then feel free. (Khaosan Theater Kyoto).
So all in all its been a pretty brill few days! I just about managed to stop myself from booking a flight to Korea because ‘Korea would be sooooo cool’ and I’m spontaneous like that. Then I remembered that we do still have a fair amount of Japan to explore including Nara tomorrow for a festival where they apparently shower you with flames, so that sounds fun. I’ve decided to embrace the fact that I might catch fire though because the flames are meant to help you have a good year, which I definitely need after my rather unfortunate fortune in Tokyo.
On Thursday we visited the monkey park. Before we climbed the mountain (I’m calling it a mountain not a hill because it sounds more impressive) we were given a leaflet with the monkey park rules on it.
Here are the top rules
1) do not look the monkeys in the eye
2) stay more than 3m away from the monkeys
3) do not show the monkeys any food
Needless to say I was terrified of the crazy human-killing monkeys, so at first just looked at them through my camera lense. Then I got even more terrified thinking that if you look at it through a camera lense they might just petrify you instead of kill you (lol HP joke) so I resorted to pointing my camera at them and then looking in the opposite direction. However, all the monkeys seemed pretty chilled, apart from one who literally squared up to a Japanese teenager because he waved his coke bottle at him (he was trying to impress his mates).
Here are some pictures I managed to take in between looking down at the ground and trembling whilst praying that the crazy monkeys didn’t smell the banana in my rucksack and murder me
Luckily Alex was calm and rational in this situation reminding me that they ‘probably don’t have rabies’. Thank you Alex, thanks a lot.
Today we did the Path of Philosophy which is a walk alongside a canal. It was so sunny and pretty and we even saw our first cherry blossoms
Then we sat in a cafe writing in our journals, being all zen and stuff (drinking choccie milk because I’m a 7 year old at heart).
The closest we’ve come to anyone hassling us in Japan was the little old man in the cafe who wanted us to order his wife’s homemade apple and cinnamon cake. We couldn’t really say no despite the fact that my diet obviously starts today. Don’t worry though, once we get to Thailand we will be back to the independent, down to earth and assertive gals you’re all used to us being.