|some Japan trip stuff
||[Nov. 16th, 2009|08:29 pm]
I'm back! It was nice, but I'm *so* glad to be home. In my own bed. Petting my darling noisy attention-whore cat. XD
Basically I took pictures of scenery and food, when I bothered to take any pics. So here are some of the prettier scenery ones.
There were some trees with changing leaves in Takayama. This was taken in the Old Government House, which was open to the public for free when I went because it was Culture Day (or something like that). So...there were many people. And the floor was COLD. There is nothing more miserable than walking on cold wooden and tatami floors in weather cold enough for snow in only some thin socks. :P
The view from the hotel room as the moon rose from behind the mountains.
One funny thing I overheard on the shuttle to the (rather inconvenient if lovely) hotel from the train station during a conversation between a bunch of Australian tourists with their Australian tour guide. I don't remember the exact words but this is the gist of the funny bit:
Guide: If you rub me right I put out.
One of the tourists: You know, that is so wrong.
Guide: It was so wrong yet so right. I couldn't rephrase because it'd ruin it.
Just imagine it all being said with Australian accents. So perfect!
A pic of the stairs down to the open air hot springs from the ryokan we stayed at in Oku-Hida. You can barely see the river beyond (the hot spring baths are at the same level as the river). The leaves had mostly changed in the area, but there were some left here and there. And the open air hot springs were, of course, lovely.
A random store called "The Wrong Gallery" somewhere between Shibuya and Harajuku. The name drew me, but I also adored just how *tiny* the thing is. I think the building is maybe 10-15 ft wide, maybe 15-25 ft deep. I love the Japanese and their tiny tiny (and at times oddly shaped) buildings.
A tree bare except for an abundance of persimmons (I think) in front of some train tracks and a very lovely autumn blue sky.
I'd write more, but I'm rather tired. Got back yesterday, went to work today. :P