Hey, sorry for the delay in updating! Not much has been going on here, mostly staying around Hirakata which is usually a pretty uneventful area. We decided not to rush our Tokyo trip, so I might be going in Spring instead when I might have a longer break. But today I had a blast in Kyoto! I've been wanting to go to Kyoto for sooo long since I haven't been there in 4 years =( Well, there was that one time I went clubbing, but that's different...
So anyway, some SH4 peeps and I went to Fushimi Inari, which is a shrine dedicated to the deity Inari. It has fox statues everywhere(because Inari is related to foxes, but according to my Shinto class he's actually an old man and not a fox), and lots of stairs and bright orange torii gates. It was raining the whole time, and we got tired pretty quickly, but we managed to make it out and ended up right in front of another shrine, Tofukuji. It's pretty on the outside, and I took some pictures of it, but we decided we didn't want to spend the 400 yen it cost to get in.
So, after lunch somewhere in a random part of Kyoto, we decided to go to a pretty cool Buddhist temple, Sanjuusangendo. It's indoors and houses a lot of really awesome statues which are so sacred that cameras aren't allowed, so (sadly) I was unable to take pictures =( It smelled great though, because they burnt this powerful incense which I almost bought except that it cost like 800 yen and I'm cheap.
Anyway, that's my first Kyoto exploration story as of yet! Be sure to check out the sweet photos in my flickr stream. Next time, I think I'll be going to denden town (the Akihabara of Osaka), or maybe Nara or Arashiyama. Who knows! Hopefully I'll update about Halloween fun times tomorrow XD