Friday, November 11, 2005

going to Kyōto

going to Kyōto
going to Kyōto,
originally uploaded by vfowler.
Punctuality is something I've learned to expect of Japanese, but perhaps I shouldn't. Kate and I nearly had a heart attack when our bus was late last Friday morning.

Including us, a grand total of 5 passengers on the bus and in true Japanese style, the heating is cranked far beyond sitting comfortable in a T-shirt. I was about to ask the driver to turn the heat down, but thought I'd check with the other passengers if they agreed or not. I ended up telling a young female passenger that I'm hot while Kate laughed at what looked like I was trying to hit on this girl.

coffee!I'm sure we've all seen coffee vending machines before, but for the benefit of those who haven't travelled in Japan, it truly is something to be experienced rather than dreaded. How about this book vending machine in Barcelona? I'm sure the world is full of wierd and interesting vending machines. Have you experienced any recently?

Upon arrival in the cultural capital of the country, we had the most uncultured lunch that's possible: McDonald's!

the ryokan slippersA ryokan is a Japanese style hotel. A completely new experience for me, and I love the small amount of English that the reception staff come out with, like pay cash now. Those dastardly slippers you have to wear inside are constantly slipping off - I guess they're called slippers for a reason! We also get to wear a yukata (a Japanese style robe) for cruisin' around within the hotel.

Our ryokan is within the same grounds as the temples and cemetery known as Shinnyo-do. The cobble-stone lanes through the temples are frequented by taxis and Japanese tourists - it is quite strange for me to see tourists visiting their own country...

4 comments:

Kate said...

What I don't get is - why is everybody always unconscious when you see them on public transport when there's so much coffee about? Maybe it's just you and me who drink the stuff Vernon?!

Vernon said...

I must admit, I don't recall seeing anyone drinking the wonderful stuff, except us, the whole time in Kyoto... How do all the cafes and coffee vending machines stay in business?

Kate said...

well we've given them a bit of business for a while!

LePenseur said...

Here's another interesting vending machine for your collection: http://www.lepenseur.com/2006/01/16/street-porn-in-italy/