Today we took a walk to Gion via Awata-jinja Shinto Shrine, Marayama Park and Nishiki Food Market! From the Shrine, which was peaceful and full of energy, we could see the HUGE Torii of Hein-ji – Marayama Park was BUSY full of people, felt like a holiday and this is a Wednesday! Normally we are not so happy to see crowds, but under the circumstances, seeing so many people, made us feel Hopeful and Thankful.
We did not see many “tourist” really – but LOTS of Japanese with cameras traveling and ENJOYING. The benches were out and people were Continue reading
We have arrived in Kyoto after an extra long flight and very empty KIX airport. This will be a very different year for us with all of the tragic events still unfolding. We both have a good feeling that the worse is over and we hope to help bring hope and confidence to our friends, family, tea farmers and business partners. Our journey has begun!
Kyoto seems very quiet – there are not many tourist. Normally this city is about 5/1 tourist to resident. Everyone is enjoying and taking in the beauty of Sakura, a treasured time of year in Japan, however you can sense an underlying sadness that the entire country is feeling.
Nez and I decide a good walk is in order, so from our apartment to the Imperial Palace, over to Nijo Castle and a cab home gains us 18,000 steps! YES we are in Japan