Today I am on my way to Kanazawa. We’ll have a lot of fun there!
However, I want to talk about my trip to Kyoto.
Before the performance last Saturday at Nagoya International Hall, I took a quick trip to Kyoto. I thought I was being very clever.
I saw Kinkakuji!
It’s my favourite temple to see. Something about the impossibly perfect gold structure in the middle of nature is heartbreakingly beautiful to me. A vision of eternity in the midst of a mortal world.
I also saw a crane! Hello, crane.
Then I went to Ryoan-ji temple, to see the Zen rock garden.
One thing I noticed, though, was that the green gardens on the other sides of the main building were a great contrast.
Different kinds of beauty.
I saw one thing, however, that confused me.
What flower is this?
It looks like a giant marshmallow.
The inside of Ryoan-ji was beautiful as well. I loved the sumi-e ink paintings on the doors.
Then I had some yudofu!
Thank you, map!
It was delicious!
There is something that I haven’t mentioned, however. During this time, it was raining quite heavily.
Very, very, very heavily.
The flooding was quite severe, in ways that no one had expected. As we now know, many people lost their lives. Some of them did not evacuate in time. Please make sure to follow the instructions if you receive a notice like this.
Fortunately I was nowhere near the Kamogawa river.
But it was still raining heavily! I had an umbrella, but it was raining so much that it started leaking. I got very wet.