^^ arashiyama bamboo forest, kyoto ^^
as the third installment of the japan series (see here and here, for the others), i’ve decided to keep this one light on words, but heavy on photos. many of the photos are of kyoto because there were just endless photo opportunities there. the city is one of the most attraction-rich places i have ever visited. it might also be my favorite of the big cities we had the chance to see. modern city life and historical traditions weave in and out of each other seamlessly and we hardly ever noticed the transition. the highlight was definitely geisha-hunting in gion. really, we scouted dry spots in the pouring rain as we stalked the streets as if to catch a glimpse of a rare bird. those ladies know how to avoid the cameras. in the business of discretion and modesty, you’d be pretty hopeless if you didn’t.
^^ hitchhiking around mount aso ^^
^^ kumamoto castle, kumamoto ^^