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Fushimi Inari Shrine, Geishas & Maikos @ Kyoto - Japan

We visited Kyoto again and told ourselves that we must explore Fushimi Inari-Taisha. Their famous Torii paths and bright orange  arches are too good to miss! Over hundreds of thousands of  visitors have snapped beautiful photos there. 

 1. This is the illustrated map of the entire Fushimi Inari. The shrine sits at the base of a mountain also named Inari  which is 233 metres above sea level. The entire trails cover up to 4 kilometers & you will see
many smaller shrines along the way. It will take some 2 hours
to cover the whole mountain trails alone as that popular place
would be congested with hundreds of tourists like
you and me!

 2. The main entrance of Fushimi Inari Shrine.

 3. There are many foxes here which are divine messengers to the local beliefs. In China, their locals actually pray to the divine foxes which are  believed to bless and enhance their love life.

 4. I did not climb up the entire mountains as I could not spare another 3 hours. I walked around the base of the…

The Best Okonomiyaki In Hiroshima

When we google search for Okonomiyaki, it would show that this famous omelette or pancake is associated with the areas of Kansai or Hiroshima in Japan.
The word okonomi means "what you like" or "what you want" while the word yaki means "grilled" or "cooked"

1. We found a famous restaurant nearby the Hotel Hokke Club where we stayed. We just walked a few blocks away. You can see all the memorabilia of the famous baseball teams of Japan with the actual photos of the players dining there.

2. It is a family run business where the son helped to
cook our orders. They were so polite, warm and friendly!

3. The matriarch of the family also did her finest roles to prepare the precise portion of ingredients. It looks easy to make the Okonomiyaki but I have no interest to cook. I just love to eat and be served.

4. This was the best Okonomiyaki I have ever eaten in my life.
Thanks to my wife who has very good knowledge for famous food
and places to hang out…

Romantic Nights @ Kyoto - Japan

My best friend lives in Korea & he visits Kyoto & Okinawa every year! He told me that these cities are the Best 2 places in Japan. Later I heard more friends voted Kyoto as the best place for vacation on earth! Wow!
Now my wifey got a Japan's Govt. Scholarship to pursue
her Phd in Education in any university in Japan.
We found that Kyoto University is the best varsity for
Doctorate in Education. So I planned to stay more nights to discover the lifestyle and living costs there.

1. Kyoto was the old capital of Japan. It still holds the charms of narrow lanes and beautiful buildings at night.
There are lots of Geishas in pretty Kimono in Gion areas.

 2. The European architecture and designs are fabulous to admire.

 3. They have rows and rows of tiny pubs, cafes and restaurants!

4. The narrow side corridor is so neat and well lit.

 5. The Japanese are very detailed in their ambiance and design concepts.
So avant garde!

6. I fell in love again with all the chic restaurants …

Arashiyama Bamboo Groves @ Kyoto - Japan

We arrived at Kyoto after visiting Himeji and Hiroshima regions. This is our 2nd time visiting Kyoto as we could not finish seeing all the interesting places 2 years ago.
This trip, we headed to Arashiyama area where you will be able to have long pleasant walks in the Winter chills, along the winding bamboo paths, uphills and down hills till the river banks of the tranquil Oi River.

 1. This is the famous Togetsukyo Bridge over the Oi River.

2. It is lovely to sit by the river banks of Oi River with your loved ones to cherish the happiest days.
We must learn to forgive & forget everything.
Let our anger & sorrows flow down the river.

 3. Many people are not aware that the China's  ex Premier Zhou En Lai was educated in Japan during his younger days.

 4. This talented Chinese premier had written famous poems which has been engraved on the stones.

 5. A close up of his famous poem. What did he say?

6. I saw some colourful posters of the Japanese ritual ceremony. Japan'…