Japan was never a country on my visit list. However, when I received an invitation for a paid work trip to Kyoto, Japan, I thought, “What the heck?” And what a brilliant adventure it was!
I had never been to a country where I did not know the language, for starters.
Thankfully, being a work trip, I had excellent hosts.
I had lived in Asia before so aspects were not totally foreign, like food,
but even I have to say, rice and fish for breakfast were not my cup of tea.
I found maps and was game to do some of my own exploring. I just hoped
my sense of direction (which my hubby says is faulty – hey, I still get left and
right confused), would get me back to my hotel safe and sound.
The cultural attractions were enlightening. Japanese culture is so deeply
ingrained in the lives of its people. Ancient traditions have a strong foothold,
despite the easy embrace of hi-tech modernity.
I also found the historical intersection with China quite fascinating especially
in how it’s impacted the language.
The 100 yen, think $2, shops were a treat and the gorgeous ceramics and
pottery so very affordable.
The country is dotted with interesting temples and shrines. I was told the best
way to remember if a place was a shrine or a temple was to remember
“Shinto Shrine, Buddhist Temple”. After the first dozen or so visits, however,
I’d had my fill.
I have had the pleasure to go back again since my first visit and would no
longer hesitate putting Japan on my future visit list!
I’m joining with Kim from Frogpondsrock for her Sunday Selections. Anyone can join the fun. There’s no caveat that you be a brilliant photographer. The motivation is to just share your old photos. All you need to do once you’ve found your selection is to write your “Sunday Selections” post, add your photos, link back to Kim, and then add your name to her Linky list at Frogpondsrock.