|A quick selfie under the torii|
Hello everyone! You know, it's true what they say—time flies! I can't believe I've already been in Japan for 10 months. So far, I think the overall highlight has been getting to know all of my students here at SES. Specifically in regards to travel though, I would have to say my time in Kyoto has been my favorite experience.
I went in August over the Obon holiday, so it was very hot and humid; even so, I still had a wonderful time! First, I went straight to Kobe and visited two very dear friends of mine from my days as a university student. They are a married couple and have lived in Japan now for five years. I had a great time catching up with them and reminiscing old times. After a few days in Kobe and Osaka, I was off to Kyoto! Of course, I wanted to visit the Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine! However, as we all know, this shrine is very popular and is often very crowded with tourists. So, I set my alarm to 4:00 AM in my capsule hotel bunk, which was probably much to the chagrin of others sleeping around me. Admittedly, I may have hit the snooze button a few times before groggily crawling out of my bunk. Nevertheless, I arrived around 5:30 AM.
If you enjoy photography, you may know that dawn and dusk provide the perfect lighting for pictures! There were only a few other tourists around and I was able to capture all of the images I wanted without anyone getting in the way of my shot!
|Fushimi Inari Taishi at 5:30 AM with no tourists!|
|Summer yukatas at the Kyoto Imperial Palace|
To see the rest of my photos from Kyoto, you'll have to visit www.instagram.com/bentravels
-Ben Powers ✌