Kyoto: Final Images Before Heading Home

 In Kyoto, for the last 9 days in Japan…

 

 Some very stern looking marchers

 

 This group looked a bit more cheery

 

 Uji is a center for tea growing. We took a short train ride there to buy some tea. 

 

 We met up with a large group of elderly women… Alison was at least a foot taller then most of them, but every time I tried to take a photo they stopped out of my field of view – trying to be polite – not knowing they were the subject!

 

 Nighttime at Shorin-in Temple

 

 

 Sometimes the attention to detail is quite something

 

The garden pond at Ryon-ji Temple

 

 Burning trash near the temple… seems like very un-Zen sort of thing to do

 

The Arashiyamma bamboo forest 

 

The only thing worse than taking a photo with an iPad, is taking a movie with an iPad.  And even worse, is taking a selfie with an iPad.  

I’m wondering: if someone is taking a selfie, and is also being photographed doing so, and I’m photographing both of them, will I fall into some sort of fourth-dimensional photographic parallel universe? B/T/W, every time she took a selfie, he took a photo of her, and while I watched, those were the only shots he took. 

The selfie-thing is completely out of control – to the point of this bizarre, obsessive-compulsive trend. These telescoping selfie arms are far too common. I wonder: are they being used in the US?

 

 We went up to Mount Hiei: first we cycled to the train station, then we took a short train ride, then this inclined tram (the steepest I’ve ever seen), and lastly a cable car. Mt Hiei is famous for the Marathon Monks that live up here. These are some very dedicated monks.


 Nijo Castle 

 

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~ by rjmang on November 3, 2014.

9 Responses to “Kyoto: Final Images Before Heading Home”

  1. Been great to follow your trip, Robert! Quite an achievement! Great blog

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  2. Those telescoping poles are being used in the US, yes. The kids call them “selfie sticks”.

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  3. Thank you for taking us on this journey with you. A great travel journal Bob!

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  4. Totally enjoyed your journey Robert. Thanks for sharing with us.

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  5. Nice finish to an epic adventure. Thanks for sharing.

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  6. Robert: Some fine shots. I look forward to hearing more about them on your return!

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  7. Yes….the “telescope” is being used here….saw it in Monterey a week ago… :)…looks like you guys are having a terrific time!

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  8. I suppose it could have been a “tourist”….:)

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  9. Thanks for sharing such a wonderful trip—as always, insightful and creative and YOU! Wendy

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