I finally got around to editing/uploading some photos of my trip to Japan this summer-- I did siteseeing for 2 weeks before a 4 week study abroad in Tokyo. I thought I'd share some of my photos from my site-seeing:
Ginkakkuji (Temple of the silver Pavilion):
My photos don't do this place justice, as I swear it must be one of the most beautiful places on Earth. While Kinkakkuji (Temple of the Golden Pavilion) is more famous, Ginkakkuji is an older temple. The people of Kyoto revear the designer of Ginkaukkuji as a genius. Both temples were chartered by former Emperors, father and son actually. As an interesting historical tidbit, if I remember correctly, the father was the last of the emperors connected to the Fujiwara clan, which incidentally, would make him an ancient relative of mine.
Kyoto is huge and amazing-- this is just one of countless amazing shrines and temples. Though I spent 4 days there, I felt like I saw only the tiniest tidbits of the place.'
Another shot from Kyoto:
Miyajima is a beautiful island south of the mainland. It's a famous tourist spot with 1 of Japan's 3 "Great Wonders," the Ootorii gate (huge torii gate). Miyajima has Deer the way California has Squirrels. XD
The Japanese have a saying, "Nikko wa Saiko." Literally translated, it means "Nikko is the Highest." This is a phrase with literal and figurative meaning. Literally, one should climb the huge flight of stairs to the first Shogun's grave. The Tokugawa dynasty is probably the most famous of Japan's Shogunate dynasties, and Nikko is where the very first of this famous line is burried. Figuratively, Nikko is incredibly beautiful, and reveared by many Japanese as the most beautiful place on earth.
I was surprised at how brave the red dragonflies (which are everywhere) are! They don't care if the camera is even an inch away!
At the end of the trip, my friends and I ventured to climb to the top of the amazing Mt. Fuji! Highest point in Japan! Probably my favorite part though, was taking photos of the Jikku (forests at the base of Mt. Fuji). Truly amazing-- I'd never seen such a perfect sky.
Incidentally, I also collected a lot of the rocks for Naupaka Coast
at Mt. Fuji!
What Aquascaper's trip to Japan would be complete without a trip to the Nature Aquarium Gallery?
It was nice-- my Dad was amazed. So much so that he helped finance "Naupaka Coast." Me, I thought it was nice, but a bit boring . . . really IMO, Amano's level of innovation just isn't what it was when he was writing Nature Aquarium World I . . . or at least, the aquariums at the gallery are just to "wow" the unknowledgable hobbyists IMO. Too many of the scapes (especially the smaller ones) gave me the impression of being thrown together. Ok, sorry! I'm done being negative!
My Dad's comment: "Wow!! This is SO much better than TV!!"
Hope you enjoyed! I'll try to edit more of my photos in the future-- I took around 1500 photos total on that trip.