KYOTO. After a miserable walk through central Kyoto's concrete in the rain, I saw this and stopped my complaining.
Pontocho-dori, a street that runs along the river in Kyoto and offers restaurants and entertainment of all sorts.
Americans on the street corner! And 1 Frenchwoman. We traded stories for about 2 hrs...
Inner walls of the Doji Castle complex
Detail, doors, Doji Castle, Kyoto
Doorway to Doji Castle
On the left: Professor of English, Kyoto University, who seized the services of passing by English speakers. We edited about 50 - 100 entries in his forthcoming English-Japanese dictionary. Unfortunately, there were a lot of errors. He, however, was an incredible person.
If it's published, he's promised me an acknowledgement. So I'll be buying all new Japanese-English dictionaries from now on.
Grounds of the Doji, Kyoto (I)
Grounds of the Doji, Kyoto (II)
Amazingly did not get yelled at for this.
Grounds of the Doji, Kyoto (III)
Grounds of the Golden Temple (Kinkaku-ji), Kyoto
Outside the Golden Temple
Grounds of Fushimi Inari
Grounds of Fushimi Inari (II)
Grounds of Fushimi Inari (III)
Shibuya, bright an early
A Shinto procession passed by my window on my first Sat in the apt., and I nearly dropped my laptop in my rush to watch it.
Sake caskets at the Meiji Shrine
Meiji Shrine interior
I loved these signs...we had smaller versions in the BCG office, too...those would personify the stapler, copier, etc
Thought the Dior building looked pretty snazzy...most of the major labels have some impressive buildings in this area. I think I'd be forgiven if I were to say that the Japanese have an expensive taste.
7000 yen for Che on your undies (~$65 - $70)
One branch of Japanese style, in front of a convenience store
Shibuya at night
Shibuya at night, people waiting to cross
out in shibuya after my last day of work
Goodbye dinner, part I, in Akasaka
Goodbye dinner, part III
Goodbye dinner, part III again
Senso-ji, Asakusa, on my last morning in Tokyo
Senso-ji, Asakusa, on my last morning in Tokyo (II)
Tsukiji fish market (II)
Tsukiji fish market (III)
Tsukiji fish market (IV)
Tsukiji fish market (V)
Tsukiji fish market (I)
Suica (rail card) penguins (my 2nd favorite animals) as seen from a taxi from Chiyoda to Shinjuku
Attempt at pictures from the NY Grill in the Park Hyatt, where much of the film Lost in Translation was filmed
Attempt at pictures from the NY Grill in the Park Hyatt (II)
Attempt at pictures from the NY Grill in the Park Hyatt (III)
Pretty sweet library in the Park Hyatt too
my desk at BCG-Tokyo
My apartment building
Akihabara, electronics capital of Tokyo
Ginza district, one of many districts compared to 5th Avenue
Temple in Kamakura
Detail of a temple in Kamakura
Temple architecture, Kamakura
Shinto temple in Kamakura
(1 of 2 Big Buddha sculptures in Japan)