Monday, July 30, 2012

japan - part one, kyoto

I have just returned from a fantastic trip to Japan.

We spent the first part of our trip in Kyoto before travelling to Tokyo for a few days.  We were fortunate to arrive for the overwhelming spectacle of the Gion Festival float parade, a tradition dating back to 869.  We joined the crush on the streets with what seemed like all of Kyoto and took hundreds of photos of the parade.

But despite the splendour, it was the quieter details that excited me more.  In the background of the modern city these buildings, inscriptions, people and objects spoke of an enduring past.

That's not to say I didn't enjoy the modern city.  Kyoto has great department stores....

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