Friday, June 11, 2010

Back and Forth

We were home early from sightseeing today, so I thought I'd blog a second time.  Before we left Jeju Island, we walked down the steps to the beach in front of our hotel. This is the view from the bottom of the steps.  Lots of lava rock and sandy beaches.  Surprisingly to me, there were no tidepools.

This is looking up the cliffs back towards the hotel.

I thought this was a plastic bag until I saw a few more of them and realized it's a jellyfish.  They really look like a small plastic bag blown up.

Now we're back in Japan yesterday at the Golden Pavillion.  It's covered in gold leaf.  It was originally built in 15th century, then burned down by a mentally ill man in the 1950's.  It was rebuilt because it had become such a tourist attraction.

Your not actually allowed to go anywhere near the pavillion, but the grounds around it are beautiful.

Today we went to the Fushimi Inari Taisha shrine which has this beautiful torii tunnel.  We ended up getting a lillte lost and came down thru some old houses and private cemetaries.

Kyoto train station has some of the most impressive architecture I've ever seen, and we spent the afternoon walking around the building.  There are department stores, restuarants, and even a concert venue in this massive place.

The picture below shows steps leading up several stories, and also the steps you sit on to watch concerts, with the bandstand down below.

Tomorrow will be a light day for us.  The boys are doing their own thing again, and Ted and I are going to look for some indigo dyeing areas in the Gion district.


Val said...

all the photos are amazing! I see some beautiful quilts in your future from these photos. Glad you are having fun, almost time to come home!

Diana Parkes said...

What a great time you are having. I am enjoying your reports.