Ginkaku-ji (silver temple - it's not silver because the guy died before he could make it silver. There is a gold one too.)
Chris, me, Christine, Laurel, Andy, Midori
Christine, Andy, me, Laurel, Ai, Midori, Chris
Momiji (Japanese Maple leaves) - they look forward to them turning red every fall like they look forward to cherry blossoms in spring.
These mosses don't wait in line at the club.
Ai, Midori, Laurel and C.Ho
Andy big pimpin'.
Ginkaku-ji and Kyoto in the background.
Kiyomizu temple - recently voted one of the new seven wonders of the world.
Washing hands before entering (a ritual before you enter any temple)
If you can lift this pole, you will have the most beautiful wife.
If you put the smoke on your head it's supposed to make you smart.
Matchmaking love shrine.
Where's Laurel? (that's what I'm saying)
Oh there she is.. making friends
A sign to mark each tree used to make the Kiyomizu temple.
Andy big pimpin' it with the Japanese ladies.
Kyoto is famous for these sweets.
Strawberry and Mango..yum.
A fake geisha.
Posing with geisha posers.
Kame-san trying to escape.
These things are at the entrance of every shrine (shrine = shinto, temple = buddhist, inside the temple = terauchi).
Carrying bag full of gifts for the Merchant lab around all day. Very heavy.
Dinner time! (slash beer time)
View of the river from hostel.
Andy says, "this hostel is my kind of place!"
Hostel lounge - False advertising.
Someone is watching "The Departed".
Hitting the town with random guy from the hostel (blue shirt on the right).
White boy rapping about hoochies - he's no Eminem.
White people singing karaoke.
Casey Chan's little brother's girlfriend rocking it out.
Andy broke his..
C. Ho rockin' the mic.
Eating Tako-yaki (octopus balls) at karaoke.
Main strip of shops...please excuse the crappy photography.
Japanese parade - flashbacks of karaoke with white folks from the night before.
Where all the movie stars go to eat.
Kinkaku-ji (gold temple) ..we saw the Kano shimai (Kano sisters - Japanese celebrities) here! (but I didn't know who they were..)
Me and Keigo (my best friend from kindergarten)
Keigo trying to stand tall next to his girlfriend.
Where the builder of Kinkaku-ji used to wash his hands.
Keigo pretending to be respectful in front of the tea room.
Lighting a candle for good data.
Ajisai (Rhodedendron..I've never seen this kind in America)
Ryoanji temple. Famous rock garden - the rocks spell heart in kanji (half of it is missing, sorry).
"I learn only to be contented." Spiritual wealth is much richer than material wealth.
Keigo saying hello.
Dinner at an izakaya! All you can drink for two hours and 3 dishes per person and we all share. It was soooo good! (Sorry ShuFen, I forgot to take a picture of the food!)
Keigo and Satoko.
Taka-chan (Sakimoto) made these wagashi with Andy in a class and gave them to me! Aww.
Maiko-sans (not yet geishas)
You can tell they are maiko-sans because of their obi.
A real maiko-san rushing off to work.
Rushing away in a taxi..
A real geisha!
All the couples sit along the river..
Fire dying out..
Keigo and his girlfriend.
Me and Satoko.
Me and Keigo.