A year and a half ago, my husband and I set out on our second round-the-world trip. We started in Japan. In just a few days, I'll be starting my new job, my first formal employment in over 500 days 🤯
Looking back on some of the first photos from our trip, I can't help but think about how young we seem. Not in appearance, exactly (though I'm not gonna lie, travel is tough on the skin 😂), but in experience.
There was so much yet to happen in just a year and a half that we had no idea about. There would be days on end in a dusty truck traversing Tanzania. A week of salmonella poisoning in Guatemala. Binge watching Netflix on rainy lazy days on Inle Lake in Myanmar (yep, we do that, too). Sunrises and sunsets in some of the most remote deserts and volcanos and beaches in the world.
But in this photo, from our first week in Japan, I didn't know about any of that. I was just two weeks out of my previous job and definitely still in short-term travel mode where I try to see and do as much as humanly possible with absolutely no time for breaks in between.
We sustained that pace through Japan, and then we slowed wayyyyy down (for us, anyway 🙃).
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📷This photo is from the very famous (and very crowded) Fushimi Inari Shinto shrine in Kyoto, Japan. In Shintoism, one walks under these gates before entering a holy place. At Fushimi, the nearby mountain is considered sacred, and walking through the hundreds of torii cleanses your soul before arriving.
I mentioned this place is busy, but getting away from the crowds is easy, IF you can walk up some stairs. Most people only walk through the shrine for 15 minutes or so and then turn around and leave, making the first handful of passageways the most crowded. If you just keep going up and up and up the small mountain, through the endless red tori gates, you'll eventually be far away from groups ⛩️⛩️⛩️ Travel guides and tips at ⬇️
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Kaze no Ya - Sanjo Branch.
Kaze no Ya - Sanjo Branch is a restaurant in Kyoto, offering "Takoyaki" (octopus dumplings). Take our takoyaki with you during your Kyoto tour! You can enjoy the beatiful scenery, sitting along the Kamo river, with our original takoyaki♪
Silver pavilion. Pavellón de plata.
Zen temple of the fifteenth century Heritage of humanity by unesco with picturesque gardens and a mound of sand in the shape of Mount Fuji.
Kyoto. Ginkaku-ji 🎌 東山慈照寺
fishing with cormorants!!! 鵜飼釣り.I happened to see it when doing night walking instead of running. ランニングの代わりに夜間のウォーキングしてたら、たまたま見かけました。
cormorants are birds. 鵜飼釣りとは、鳥の鵜です。
They were doing it by a traditional way. .
It was my first to see it in Arashiyama, Kyoto. I suppose that now is in the middle of the season. (^^)
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Visit Japan in April and May and see some of the world’s most spectacular displays of cherry blossom. Truly awe inspiring (and looks great in the family pictures too!) 🌸🌸🌸📷 @japan_majestic . . .