Wednesday, August 23, 2006

I was taken by surprise, when I spot a Geisha after the show at Gion (Geisha District). There are very limited number of true Geishas and Maikos (apprentice Geishas) in Japan today. Even in Gion, unless you are invited to their shophouses, it is rare to see a Geisha or Maiko walking on the street. But a lot of young girls like to dress up, and there are places that will loan you the costume, as well as helping you with the make up and hair style. Anyway, I was in a hurry to take the picture, but thought it turned out nice with the dark and blurry look.
Tokyo – Overlook the city from my hotel at sunset. If look hard enough, Mt. Fuji is hidden in the cloud, wish it was a clear day…

Kyoto – The Golden Pavilion in Kinkakuji Temple, one of the symbols of Kyoto and Japan, for its breath taking beauty. Any picture will be a postcard picture.

Nara – The first capital of Japan before relocated to Kyoto. I had so much fun feeding the deer (shika) in the Toda-ji Temple. They knew as soon as I purchased the cookies and came for a treat ^_^!

Osaka – The Famous Osaka Castle

I had a great time in Japan last September: Overlook the open sea at sunrise while enjoying the hot spring in Hakone resort; Power shopping at Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo Disney Sea; Meditating in the beautiful Japanese Gardens and Buddhist Statuaries in Nara and Kyoto. Japan is such a unique combination of East meets West, and the ancient lived side by side with the modern world. Personally, I always draw to the ancient world, therefore, prefer Kyoto over Tokyo. Tokyo is no doubt a modern miracle, and a true fashion capital of the world. But Kyoto was so charming in her own way, after being the Japanese Capital for over 1,000 years, it has so much history and wonderful stories surround it.