Autumn Wonders & Wander: Kinkakuji/Fushimi Inari/Gion

If there’s something I would proudly say I’m good at is my sense of direction.

I wouldn’t really say I’m good with maps and compass but for some reason, my memory of paths taken can be nothing short of excellent. It comes in handy when I’m in navigation mode somewhere in this great, big world. πŸ˜› Maybe it was my training at Trapik.com as a data encoder and traffic reporter which entailed memorizing maps and streets. More importantly, it’s knowing where your east, west, north and south are. ;D

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And so I played tour guide to my friend Lot when we flew to Japan last autumn. I’ve seen Kinkakuji, Fushimi Inari and Gion before but I went to visit those places again just so Lot could see for herself how lovely these places are. πŸ™‚

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First of our stops is Kinkakuji, the Golden Pavillion. My jaw dropped! I have previously visited the place last spring but it’s even more beautiful in the autumn. It’s so true how seasons contribute to the changing looks of a place. With Lot around, I felt much braver and more comfortable this time to hang out for a bit longer at Kinkakuji to take beautiful photos. It’s amazing how you see the many awesome angles of the place from different perspectives.

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I couldn’t get enough of taking pics. I love being a writer but I’m thinking of exploring photography. One day…someday. πŸ™‚ If it’s meant to be, it will happen. Lot and I enjoyed it here so much.

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Even after passing Kinkakuji, it remains beautiful no matter which angle I take pictures of it. I think the colorful autumn leaves added to the romance of the whole thing.

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Kinkakuji is postcard-pretty. It’s so beautiful that I’m not sure if I have acquired mad photography skills or Kinkakuji was simply lending its beauty to my camera. πŸ˜›

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The Kinkakuji tour ended with prayers and paying respects at a small shrine.

We then went to Fushimi Inari Taisha. I’ve blogged about it before so let me just spell out our recent autumn adventures in pictures. πŸ™‚

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Still packed with tourists.

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Finally! We’re at the vermillion torri gates of Fushimi Inari! πŸ™‚

And then we found a spot I’ve never seen before. It looked so…Japanese? πŸ˜› I’m losing out here. Haha. Don’t feel much of a writer right now.

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Then we proceeded to Gion but it was so late already. I couldn’t really feel my feet anymore. We went to Kiyomizu Dera but the line was too looooooonnngggggg. We opted to go to Gion’s Yasaka. πŸ˜‰ Only for a little while because we were so exhausted already.

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Even more beautiful at night.

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Gion at night.

Incidentally, I went back to Gion just recently. Will blog about it some other time.

Hayyyy, I’m missing Japan all the more as I post about this. :/ Must.go.back.again.for.the.nth.time.

 

 

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