Well hello there! It’s been awhile. I’ve decided to start maintaining this blog again, and as it’s been almost exactly a year since I left for a month-long trip to Japan and Thailand back in September 2013, it seems like an appropriate thing to start with. I’ll be posting as many pictures and tips as I can scrounge together from the trip, including a much-anticipated visit to Fushimi Inari-Taisha in Kyoto. It was as enchanting as you’d imagine…though it also seemed impossible to take a bad picture there, especially walking through the famous red-orange Torii that snake up the mountain to the main shrine.
Which leads me to my first two tips, specifically for a visit to the temple from Kyoto:
1. Definitely get a cone of soymilk soft-serve from Kyozuan, located on the way up to Fushimi Inari from the train station. Do also turn it upside down like the server tells you to….it’s so thick, it won’t fall out of its weird triangular cone.
2. Wear bug spray! I was worried about bug bites on the Thailand portion of my trip, but was unprepared in Japan. The mosquitos up on that mountain are monsters, and our bug spray was uselessly stored in our bags at our guesthouse. We were there at dusk in autumn and literally had to leave early because of the bites, so be prepared!
More to come…