Photowalks From the Land of The Rising Sun

Around 6 months have passed since I came back. Japan, and the essence of its cities of Tokyo and Kyoto should be old news. The experiences should have been folded up and packed away at the back of my mind, all jumbled up like the lazy tourist’s suitcase at the end of a ten-day vacation, ready to be pulled out occasionally and looked at in nostalgia.

But try as I might, I couldn’t get them out of my mind. They were always back, innocuously and innocently. Maybe in the middle of a conversation, where we’re talking about things like pencils, and I’d talk about the pencils I saw in the 100-yen store in Tokyo. Or we could be travelling in the Mumbai local, and with every new person I travel with, I’d talk about the huge Tokyo station and its seven floors and a labyrinth of escalators and subways and train tracks. I could be talking about philosophers like Nietzsche and my thoughts would go back to Philosopher’s Path in Kyoto.

Considering the utter magic of the place and how unforgettable it is, I decided to structure all the jumbled thoughts from the back of my mind into this blog post.

Before you read further, this isn’t a travelogue, or a collection of things you should do in japan. It’s just a collection of picture (Some of really bad quality, though, since I didn’t really know how to use a camera at that point, other than basic composition).

 

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The Magnificent Shibuya crossing, where close to 500 people cross every time the lights change. The busiest crossing in the world.
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The view from Himeji Castle, with the blooming Sakura trees in their beautiful display
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This picture shows to different aspects of the place – 1. It rains all the time, and 2. IT IS SO CROWDED
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Our cruise on one of the Lakes near Fuji
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Kyoto Streets
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The fascinating Tokyo University
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I think my brother took this picture, but nonetheless, one of my favorite places on earth – Philosopher’s Path ! The route is named so because the Tokyo University professor, Nishida Kitaro, is said to have used it for daily meditation.
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Kinkakuji Temple, a Zen Buddhist temple in Kyoto
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Himeji !

 

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