Golden Week trip!

Hello. Sorry it’s taken me so long to update my blog. I returned to Obihiro from Osaka more than a week ago, but I’ve been very busy since then. Also, I took more than 300 pictures during Golden Week, so it has been very difficult deciding which pictures to show you. Kendra took around 300 pictures too! She has already put some on her blog, so please check them out. She will post more pictures later, as well.
Many of you know that we went to Kyoto, Osaka, and Hiroshima during Golden Week. We spent the first three nights of the trip in Kyoto. It was amazing! I want to go back and spend a lot more time there. Kendra posted many pictures from Kyoto on her blog. Check her blog to see pictures of Kiyomizudera, Kinkakuji (my favorite), and Ginkakuji.
The first night we were in Kyoto, we met two of my friends who I haven’t seen for five years! I met Kenji and Kohtaroh while I was studying in Sweden in 2004. Kenji lives and works in Kyoto, and Kohtaroh lives and works in Osaka. Soon after we arrived at our hotel, Kenji met us and gave us a walking tour of Kyoto. After sightseeing for many hours, we met Kohtaroh at a subway station. He had taken a train from Osaka to Kyoto after getting off work just to meet us for dinner and drinks! We went to an Izakaya that served Okinawan food. It was great! We ate pig’s ears for the first time!! Then Kenji and Kohtaroh took us to a small bar and we drank whiskey. It was a great night, and it was so nice to see my friends again. Here they are:
The next day, we went to the top of Kyoto Tower. Here is a picture of the city from the tower at sunset:
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One night in Kyoto, we had shabu shabu for dinner. It was the first time for both of us, and it was amazing! We ate beef and vegetables. Have a look:
We went to Nijo Castle during our last day in Kyoto. It was very interesting. It was much different than castles I’ve visited in Europe! My favorite part was the squeaky floor of the main palace inside the castle. The floor was built that way to let people inside know if someone was trying to sneak in. Here is a picture of a beautiful gate leading to the palace:
After Kyoto, we went to Osaka by train. We met my friend, Kohtaroh, on our second day there, and he took us on a tour of his city. We went to Osaka Castle first. It was VERY crowded. Here is a picture of Kendra and me in front of the castle. I was pretending to be the queen, while Kendra was the king. It made many people around us laugh!
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We tried to go to the aquarium, but it was too crowded. There was an 80-minute wait to get in! So, we took a short boat ride to Universal Studios. We didn’t go in, but we took pictures in front of it so we could pretend we did!
The next day, we took the Shinkansen to Hiroshima. Check Kendra’s blog soon, because she will post some pictures and talk about Hiroshima and Miyajima.
Our Golden Week trip was really great, but I’m happy to be back in Obihiro. I like it here a lot! I still feel like I’m on one very long vacation, because I’m still in Japan! Please tell me about your Golden Week. I know many of you did some exciting things, and I’d love to hear more about them. Also, if you have any questions or comments about my trip, please post them. I hope you enjoy my pictures.

by Iuchi / 2009-05-14 4:23 PM / Past Teachers









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