Cardiff, Nicolai & Russ attempt to lay out our futons at the Sparkling
Dolphins Inn in Kyoto.
When they finished, there was just enough room for the 5 of us to sleep
in the room.
A block from Sparkling Dolphins is a toystore, which of course also
carries appliances! I thought the concept of these refrigerators
was interesting - by allowing you to open just a portion of the whole,
energy will be conserved.
We took Cardiff and Nicolai to the Golden Pavillion (Kinkaku-ji), an
Nicolai, Gaetan and Cardiff pose in front of the Kinkaku-ji.
This poster was at the Kinkaku-ji and everyone liked it so much, I took
The blue-and-white koi at the Kinkaku-ji reminded me of Chinese porcelin.
A red-and-white koi with a turtle friend. They are begging for
Gorgeously tended gardens, green with the summer rains, and blue sky
from our first truly sunny day of the trip.
A small shrine in the shade.
A bonsai and a statue on an island in a pond.
Temple woodwork - a dragon.
Temple woodwork - an elephant?
Sunset near the Sparkling Dolphins Inn.
Taking a walk at night, we spotted something that would probably give
nightmares to our electrician friend Scott!
A canal in old Kyoto at night.
Sorry about the blurring, it was hard to hold still enough for the nighttime
exposure. But notice the suit-clad figures at the end of
the street. All sorts of interesting people frequent the old part
of Kyoto at night; let's just say they are people you don't want to
A very good musician playing a very fine Martin guitar by the subway
Back to the old
part of Kyoto the next day. Further
down the street ...
.. a Maiko (an apprentice Geisha) is having a professional photographer
take her picture, probably for a portfolio.
He photographs her from all angles. The white paint extends almost
- but not all the way - to the nape of the neck.
Later, Russ and I were passed on the street by 3 Maiko walking together.
We both felt strangely affected.
I was breathless and a little light-headed. I think "dislocated"
might describe it best. It was awesome!