February half term, 2015:
Maz managed to get us backstage passes to see multi-Grammy nominated Faith No More. Festival headliners in their own right. It was unbelievably cool getting to go backstage post-gig to meet Bill Gould. What a bloody nice chap he was too. We had a beer with him and a chat for a good 20 minutes and I’m hopeful we’ll get to catch up with him again soon. And it was an awesome show too.
Not your traditional type of houseboat.
Rainbow Bridge, from our ferry trip to Odaiba. It was an awesome evening and it’s such a great place to see the sun setting over Fuji.
Early on the Wednesday morning of half term we set off for Kyoto on the Shinkansen:
These bad boys travel at 200mph. I was skeptical at first, but I was won over by the end. The ride is unbelievably smooth, the seats recline right back, loads of leg room, quiet carriages. Pure comfort for the entirety.
Kiyomizu-dera, high up in the hills overlooking Kyoto. Disappointingly though, most of the attraction was undergoing restoration before the peak season in March.
The view overlooking Kyoto from Kiyomizu-dera was amazing. Kyoto is surrounded on three sides by mountains. It didn’t really stop raining while we were there!
Me at Fushimi Inari-taisha. There are over 10,000 torii here. Each of the torii (shrine gates) at Fushimi Inari Taisha is donated by a Japanese business to bring them good luck.
I started counting but lost it quite early on.
A rare moment of no-tourist tranquility!
Bloody gert big torii to finish with.
One of Kyoto’s many temples/shrines at night time. Kyoto is temple central in Japan.
Kinkaku-ji – Golden Temple. Stunning in a rare moment of Kyoto sunshine.
A traditional tea ceremony. Perfect for someone who loves his cups of tea.
Tenryū-ji (don’t really have anything to say about that sorry!)
I think by now we’d seen enough temples for one trip. So we took the bus to Arashiyama monkey park. The monkeys were literally running around our feet. It was a little scary at first, but we soon got used to them. We love monkeys so it was an amazing experience. And definitely our favourite part about Kyoto.
“Gimme some apple!” We bought some food from the shop to feed the monkeys. They were so delicate taking it out our hands.
Don’t let the blue sky fool you. It was perishing and had been raining, as the rainbow proves. Stunning outlook over Kyoto though.
Sulking as he isn’t tall enough to look through the binoculars.
On our return from Kyoto we went to Yokohama Chinatown for Chinese New Year. The streets were crowded as far as the eye could see. Spectacular colours.
Bang the gong. Reminded me of my old job when the gong was struck to signify a deal being brought in.
Randomly, we saw a lady with a trolley in which she had 2 meerkats! And she was feeding them McDonalds chips! Only in Japan…